Author of the memoir, The World's Strongest Librarian
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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 upcoming 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 and lives with his wife, Janette, and their son, Max, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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 librariesCategories: Library + Community Reads Speakers
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
Books by Josh Hanagarne
Media About Josh Hanagarne
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