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HPA Community Book Club meeting is April 17

The Hawaii Preparatory Academy Community Book Club will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, in the Dyer Memorial Library, upper campus. The meetings are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served and participants are invited to bring a snack to share.

Lois Inman, Dyer Memorial librarian, and Jaime Johnson, upper school English teacher, will lead the group. The current book selection is “The Worldʻs Strongest Librarian” by Josh Hanagarne.

According to a review from Amazon.com, author Hanagarne wasn’t officially diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome until his freshman year of high school, though he was 6 years old and onstage in a school Thanksgiving play when he first began exhibiting symptoms. By the time he was 20, his Tourette’s tics escalated to nightmarish levels.

Determined to conquer his affliction, Hanagarne underwent a multitude of treatments and eventually married and earn a degree in Library Science. At last, a former Air Force Tech Sergeant and guard at an Iraqi prison—taught Hanagarne how to “throttle” his tics into submission through strength training.

Today, Hanagarne 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 father of 4-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.

This will be the last Community Book Club meeting for this school year. The Community Book Club will resume in September and the book selection for that meeting will be “And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini. For more information, contact Jaime Johnson at jjohnson@hpa.edu.