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March 7, 2017, 7:00 PM @ Allen Public Library - Civic Auditorium
The inspirational story of Akeelah Anderson, an eleven-year-old girl from south Los Angeles with a gift for words. Despite the objections of her mother Tanya, Akeelah enters various spelling contests, for which she is tutored by the forthright Dr. Larabee; her principal Mr. Welch and the proud residents of her neighborhood. Akeelah's aptitude earns her an opportunity to compete for a spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee and, in turn, unites her neighborhood who witness the courage and inspiration of one amazing little girl. Starring Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Keke Palmer. Rated PG; 112 minutes. An ALLen Reads program.
March 14, 2017, 7:00 PM @ Allen Public Library - Civic Auditorium
Based on a true story, Spare Parts chronicles the journey of four undocumented Mexican-American high school students from Phoenix, AZ who form a robotics club and are led by their teacher with nothing but spare parts and a dream to compete against MIT in a National Underwater Robotics Competition. Starring George Lopez, Jamie Lee Curtis, Marisa Tomei. Rated PG-13; 114 minutes. An ALLen Reads program.
March 16, 2017, 7:30 PM @ Allen Public Library - Civic Auditorium
Hear exciting stories from Allen citizens who immigrated to America from India and Haiti with Farida Shipchandler and Jacques Medina Jean. Farida immigrated to America in 1968. She will share her stories of blending two cultures and pursuing the American Dream. Jacques is a social entrepreneur and is the founder of Universal Learning Center, a US based not-for-profit organization focused on providing educations resources and learning opportunities for people living in developing countries. An ALLen Reads program.
March 17, 2017, 7:30 PM @ Allen Public Library - Civic Auditorium
Lift your spirits with harpist and vocalist Sarah Copus, Welsh performer Chris Grooms and Irish dancer Jason Purcell. Bagpiper Wayne Terrell opens this free program with a lively processional.
March 21, 2017, 7:00 PM @ Allen Public Library - Civic Auditorium
The inspiring true story of one little girl whose strength and dignity during the racially charged 1960s helped change history! When bright six-year-old Ruby is chosen to be the first African-American student to integrate her local New Orleans elementary school, she is subjected to the true ugliness of racism for the very first time. But guided by the love of her mother and father, Ruby's heroic struggle for a better education becomes a lesson for us all. Starring Michael Beach, Lela Rochon, and Penelope Ann Miller. Not Rated; 90 minutes. An ALLen Reads program.
March 23, 2017, 7:30 PM @ Allen Public Library - Civic Auditorium
Learn about the only time in Texas history when Texas Rangers were summoned for an armed interdiction against another American state. Rusty Williams, author of "The Red River Bridge War: A Texas-Oklahoma Border Battle," shares this account. This conflict refers to a time Texas and Oklahoma almost went to war over an old toll bridge north of Denison that connected the states across the Red River in 1931.
March 24, 2017, 7:30 PM @ Allen Public Library - Civic Auditorium
The Belarusian folk band, Stary Olsa performs the medieval music of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. The group is named for a brook in western Belarus. The band's repertoire includes Belarusian folk ballads, martial songs, and national dances, works of Belarusian Renaissance composers, as well as popular European melodies of the Renaissance and Middle Ages.
March 28, 2017, 7:00 PM @ Allen Public Library - Civic Auditorium
SELMA is the story of a movement. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Rated PG-13; 128 minutes. An ALLen Reads program.