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Josh Hanagarne

Author of the memoir, The World's Strongest Librarian

  • About Josh Hanagarne

    Josh Hanagarne believes in curiosity, questions, and strength, and that things are never so bad that they can’t improve.

    At first glance, Josh seems an improbable librarian. He stands 6’7″, competes in strongman contests, and was diagnosed in high school with Tourette Syndrome. But books were his first love: Josh’s earliest memories involve fantastic adventures between the pages of Gulliver’s Travels and a passionate infatuation with Fern from Charlotte’s Web. Everything in Josh’s life–from his Mormon upbringing to finally finding love to learning to control his tics through lifting–circles back to a close connection to books. His book, The World’s Strongest Librarian, illuminates the mysteries of Tourette Syndrome as well as the very different worlds of strongman training and modern libraries.

    Currently, Josh is a librarian at the Salt Lake City Public Library.

  • Speaking Topics

    Tourette Syndrome

    The World's Strongest Librarian

    Growing up with a disability

    Mothers and sons, fathers and sons

    Mormonism and faith

    Faith and reason

    The joys of learning

    Importance of reading

    The fragmentation of our attention spans

    Strength training, particularly as a means of coping

    Books and libraries

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  • Praise for Josh Hanagarne


    [Josh] spoke with passion, clarity, and candor — and didn’t hide behind a Powerpoint slide or even a podium. I thought it was reflective of your willingness to disclose your journey that you stood, unadorned, at center stage. If a pin did drop during the hour, I didn’t hear it. In fact, about 1100 people forgot to blink!

    David S. Goldbloom, MD, Senior Medical Advistor, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

    Josh was wonderful. We loved his presentation…. Several staff members told me personally that they thought Josh’s speech was the highlight of the day. He was engaging and funny, and he is clearly a natural when it comes to public speaking. His story is inspiring, of course, but he doesn’t come off as a typical “inspirational” speaker. And he was wonderful with staff one-on-one.

    Art Glover, Douglas County Libraries
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  • Josh Hanagarne travels from Salt Lake City, UT

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