“Strongest Librarian” Stops By Hartford

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strong3Josh Hanagarne can lift a 400-pound stone onto his shoulder and rip a deck of cards into eights.

But that’s not why the six-foot, seven-inch tall is billed as “The World’s Strongest Librarian.”

It’s more about his inner strength.

The Salt Lake City librarian was in Hartford Wednesday to talk about the challenges he has faced with Tourette’s Syndrome and how his inner passion and his outward strength have helped him conquer his disability.

And how all that led to his writing his book, “The World’s Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette’s, Faith, Strength and the Power of Family.”

strong2 “I didn’t plan to write a book, it just happened,” said Hanagarne, who was very dapper in black and white spats and a dress suit despite the horrid Hartford heat. “It started as a blog and a few people told me I should make it into a book and here we are.”

Held at the Hartford Public Library in cooperation with the Mark Twain House & Museum, the heat helped attract a good crowd, including some people who hadn’t planned on attending.

“I wasn’t supposed to be here but it is hot out there,” said one Hartford library patron who didn’t want to be identified because she had decided to take advantage of the program in one of the air-conditioned library rooms rather than head back to a hot home. “I just came here to take out a couple of books, this looked interesting and it makes a whole lot more sense to stay here and enjoy than to go home and sweat.”

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