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May 17, 2023
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Ashland Public Library
66 Front Street

Ashland, MA 01721
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Bio/Memoir Book Club: Read 'The World's Strongest Librarian' by Josh Hanagarne *For Adults

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

For this month's Biography/Memoir Book Club we'll be discussing "The World's Strongest Librarian" by Josh Hanagarne.

Join the conversation as we discuss The World's Strongest Librarian, "an inspiring story of how a kid with Tourette Syndrome found salvation in books and weight-lifting.

Josh Hanagarne couldn't be invisible if he tried. He was officially diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome in his freshman year of high school and had reached his towering adult height of 6'7" by the time he was twenty. 

Determined to conquer his Tourette's affliction, Josh underwent everything from quack remedies to lethargy-inducing drug regimes. Undeterred, Josh persevered to marry and earn a degree in Library Science. At long last, an eccentric, autistic strongman and former Air Force Tech Sergeant and guard at an Iraqi prison taught Josh how to throttle his Tourette's tics into submission through strength-training. 

Today, Josh is a librarian in the main branch of Salt Lake City's public library and founder of a popular blog about books and weight lifting, and the proud of father of four-year-old Max, who has already started to show his own symptoms of Tourette's. 

The World's Strongest Librarian illuminates the mysteries of this little understood disorder, as well as the very different worlds of strongman training and modern libraries. With humor and candor, this unlikely hero traces his journey to overcome his disability to find love and create a life worth living."

 We'll have copies of the book at the library for you to borrow or you can order it from our online catalog.

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