Keynote speaker and bestselling author Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Shutter Island, The Given Day, A Drink Before the War, Moonlight Mile, Gone Baby Gone and his new book, Live by Night) was gracious and funny and he spoke highly of the value and impact of libraries. As a child growing up in a working-class immigrant family, his mother took him to the neighborhood library, then, as a special treat, to the main branch of the Boston Public Library. "Libraries say to any kid, 'you matter, you have worth'. The society you live in - be that represented by your town, its city, its state, the country – cares about you. And they care about you for no other reason than it is right to do so. This in my opinion makes libraries an unequivocal good."
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