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Cali Named William W. Scranton Library Laureate

Long-Serving Board Member Honored at American Masters Lecture

Brian J. Cali, Esq., of Dunmore, has been named the William W. Scranton Library Laureate by the Lackawanna County Library System.

The award will be presented on Thursday, September 7, at 7 p.m. prior to the start of the American Masters Lecture featuring Derek Thompson, a senior editor at The Atlantic magazine and author of the bestseller Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction.

“Mr. Cali is being honored for his long and deep commitment to the Lackawanna County Library System,” said Mary Garm, system administrator.

A member of the Library System Board since it was established in 1984, Mr. Cali was elected its first chair. He currently serves as vice chair.

“His long history with the Library System is indicative of his passion for ensuring that Lackawanna County libraries are well funded and that they provide the best possible service to the community,” Mrs. Garm said.

“He is an ardent advocate for libraries at both the local and state levels, and can be justly proud of the progress made by the Library System since its beginning,” she added.

Mr. Cali is a graduate of the Duquesne University School of Law and since 1978 has been engaged in the general practice of law with a concentration in family law.

He has been recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer since 2007. He is a member of local and state bar associations and is a member of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

Since it was established in 2014, Cali is only the second person to receive the award. The previous laureate is James W. Reid, Esq. The award honors the memory of the late Gov. William W. Scranton, a man well known for his love or libraries and reading.

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