The World’s Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne

This memoir starts with an introduction that is Laugh Out Loud funny….and then progresses to chapters designated with Dewey Decimal numbers.  Chapter 1 says:  339808.543—Storytelling   011.62—Children—Books and Reading.  Then it relates stories about young library patrons and about the author’s love of books, libraries, and reading.  Other chapters relate the author’s experiences growing up in the Mormon faith and dealing with “extreme Tourette Syndrome” (the author’s own words).

Here is one of his observations:

“At lunch, many of the librarians lurched up to the staff room and fell onto chairs and couches with their books and magazines.  Librarians as a rule move about as well as the Tin Man did before Dorothy brought him the oilcan.  Their heads often sit so far forward on their necks that they look like woodpeckers frozen in mid-peck.  Their shoulders are rounded from answering the phone, typing, eating, and reading.  Their hands at rest inevitably rotate into the typing position. They spend so much time looking down at computers and into books and talking down to people from their tall desks that it’s become an unnatural effort to raise their eyes to make eye contact during conversation.

I move quite well, partly because during by lunch break, I go downstairs to the library’s diminutive fitness room (in the Salt Lake City Public Library),….and bend horseshoes.”  {p. 5-6}

I really enjoyed this book (partly because I am a librarian, too) for the insights into Tourette’s and the Mormon faith.

This book is available for checkout at the VC/UHV Library in the Leisure Reading area.

Review written by Clyde Ruth B.