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Dr. Temple Grandin - January 18, 2018 | 7:30 pmDr. Temple Grandin

Accomplished Autistic Author and Leading Animal Welfare Expert
January 18, 2018 | 3 pm & 7:30 pm
Tickets $25 | $30 | $35


Diagnosed with autism as a child, Dr. Temple Grandin did not speak until she was nearly four years old. Though life was hard, her formative years gave way to studies in animal science and a career in the livestock industry. Today, half of the cattle in the United States are handled in facilities she designed. From multiple bestselling books to a doctorate degree, this animal welfare expert takes the stage to share her story of perseverance and the power of “differently-abled brains.” Read more…





Ted Koppel - February 22, 2018 | 7:30 pmTed Koppel

Legendary Anchor of ABC News’ “Nightline”
February 22, 2018 | 7:30 pm
Tickets $50 | $60 | $65


For over half a century, Ted Koppel has been recognized as one of the most trusted voices on current events. Best known as the former anchor and managing editor of ABC’s “Nightline,” the award-winning journalist now serves as an analyst for NPR and a contributing columnist for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. With his trademark wisdom, wit, and warmth, Koppel shares his observations on the state of the world, providing an unmatched analysis of today’s headlines and the people behind the scenes. Read more…





Mitch Albom - March 15, 2018 | 7:30 pmMitch Albom

Bestselling author, columnist, and radio host
March 15, 2018 | 7:30pm
Tickets $40 | $45 | $50


From “Tuesdays with Morrie” to “The Five People You Meet in Heaven,” Mitch Albom’s books have sold more than 35 million copies worldwide in 45 languages. A columnist for The Detroit Free Press since 1985 and a panelist on ESPN’s “The Sports Reporters,” Albom has been named the #1 Sports Columnist in the Nation by the Associated Press Sports Editors thirteen times. Now, this gifted writer weaves personal stories and anecdotes with a captivating message about the potential in all of us for a giving, meaningful life. Read more…





Rita Moreno - April 6, 2018 | 7:30 pmRita Moreno

Award-winning singer, dancer, and actress
April 6, 2018 | 7:30 pm
Tickets $40 | $45 | $50


Octogenarian Rita Moreno remains one of the busiest performers in show business. With star-making turns in “West Side Story,” “The Ritz,” and “The Electric Company” under her belt, the entertainment icon belongs to an elite group of performers to have won all four of the industry’s most prestigious awards: the Oscar, Emmy, Tony, and GRAMMY®. Appearing in Frederick for the first time, Moreno brings a feisty sense of humor and wealth of personal stories to the stage, exploring the value of diversity, the power of language, and getting older without getting old. Read more…




Mark Ruffalo - May 10, 2018 | 7:30 pmMark Ruffalo

Actor, director, and climate change activist
May 10, 2018 | 7:30 pm
Tickets $50 | $70 | $75


Mark Ruffalo

Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Emmy nominee Mark Ruffalo is one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actors, best known for his roles in “Spotlight,” “Infinitely Polar Bear,” “Foxcatcher,” “The Normal Heart,” “Begin Again,” “Now You See Me,” and “The Kids are Alright.” His role as Bruce Banner – better known as ‘The Hulk’ – in Marvel’s “The Avengers” and subsequent sequels has endeared him to audiences of all ages. When not acting or directing, Ruffalo advocates for addressing climate change and increasing renewable energy through organizations like Water Defense and The Solutions Project. Read more…



Meet & Greet Receptions

Purchase the Meet & Greet option for an opportunity to join the speaker in a private reception following the presentation.

Frederick County Public Libraries, in conjunction with the Frederick Speaker Series, is excited to offer an amazing opportunity for a limited number of guests to attend private gatherings with the featured speakers. These exclusive receptions, held at the Weinberg after each event, give attendees a once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet and engage with our season speakers. Proceeds from the sale of reception tickets will support children’s library programs.

Tickets for each reception are $75, and only 100 tickets will be sold for each event. Please note that admission to the Frederick Speaker Series lectures requires a separate ticket. To attend, select the Meet & Greet ticket option when you are ordering lecture tickets.