Hanagarne to keynote Bookmobile Saturday Author Luncheon

For Immediate Release
Thu, 03/27/2014


John L. Amundsen

Program Officer, Outreach and Communications

ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services

(312) 280-2140


CHICAGO – Josh Hanagarne, author of “The World’s Strongest Librarian,” will be the featured keynote speaker at the 2014 Bookmobile Saturday Author Luncheon, to be held from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 28 during ALA’s Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

Hanagarne fell in love with Fern from Charlotte's Web at the age of 6. Every day since, he has enjoyed reading more than eating, sleeping and breathing. Today the 6-foot-7-inch Hanagarne is an author, speaker, performing strongman and, despite having an extreme case of Tourette Syndrome, he works as a public librarian in Salt Lake City. His memoir, "The World's Strongest Librarian," is his first book.

Tickets to the lunch are $25 and must be purchased online by June 14; tickets will not be available at registration.  Please refer to Ticket ALA2 when registering at www.alaannual.org;  space is limited. The participation of Hanagarne is made possible by Gotham Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA).  

The Luncheon is part of Bookmobile Saturday, which gives attendees the opportunity to learn, gain inspiration and network, hosted by the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services and the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services. Learn about the trends, model practices and opportunities for professional involvement during two morning programs. The first panel discussion, held from 8:30-10 a.m., will highlight innovative programming ideas, issues, technologies and best practices to engage bookmobile patrons of all ages. Following from 8:30-11:30 a.m., representatives from the ABOS will discuss opportunities for bookmobile and outreach staff through professional development, growth and networking through involvement with OLOS and ABOS.

Following the luncheon, attendees can explore the latest bookmobiles during the Parade of Bookmobiles, held in conjunction with the 2014 Diversity and Outreach Fair.

Locations for all three Bookmobile Saturday events will be announced soon. For more information, and to register, please visit www.alaannual.org.

About Gotham Books:

Gotham Books is a nonfiction imprint of Penguin Group (USA). Penguin Group (USA) is one of the leading U.S. adult and children’s trade book publishers, owning a wide range of imprints and trademarks, including Berkley Books, Blue Rider, Dutton, Frederick Warne, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, Gotham Books, Grosset & Dunlap, New American Library, Penguin, Penguin Press, Philomel, Riverhead Books, and Viking, among others.  The Penguin Group (www.penguin.com) is A Penguin Random House Company.

About OLOS:

The mission of OLOS is to identify and promote library services that support equitable access to the knowledge and information stored in libraries. OLOS focuses attention on services that are inclusive of traditionally underserved populations and people generally discriminated against based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, language and social class. The Office ensures that training, information resources and technical assistance are available to help libraries and librarians develop effective strategies to grow programs and services for library users.