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Barbara Blue Barbara Blue from Olympia wrote on May 13, 2017 at 6:48 pm:
When I entered library school in the late 70’s I was leaning towards Children’s Services but was not certain that that was the direction I wanted to take. It was Mae that inspired me to pursue that career path. In addition to taking all of her classes I was also her student assistant during my time there. Both were a source of joy and enlightenment. She was a wonderful teacher and mentor. In all the years since she has remained a friend and mentor and I will miss her gentle soul, sage advice and sense of humor.
Joanne Waterman Joanne Waterman from Midlothian, Virginia wrote on May 11, 2017 at 7:00 pm:
Mae was an exceptional teacher of mine who not only instilled a love of children's literature in me, but also enlightened my little naive student mind. When I moaned about a surprise quiz not being fair, she smiled at me, and with a twinkle in her eye, gently told me that life isn't fair. The class laughed, but that special moment of teaching remained with me throughout the years.
Andrew F. Johnson Andrew F. Johnson from Palm Springs wrote on May 11, 2017 at 4:54 pm:
When I arrived at the Library School in June, 1968, I was firmly fixed on being an academic librarian. When my advisor suggested that I take Children's Literature in my Fall Quarter, I was surprised and kind of offended (boy was I snobbish and stuffy then!) that I, a college grad, would take a course in Children's Literature! How wrong I turned out to be. Ms. Benne not only showed me that there was nothing sweet and cute about children books but that they could be every bit as entertaining as anything else. She began by getting me to read Charlotte's Web, something I had not done up until then. I was hooked. I then went on the read the Narnia series, which I also loved. Since then I always keep track of what's coming out in the field of children's literature. Ms. Benne was a life-changer for me.
Harry Bruce Harry Bruce from Kirkland wrote on May 5, 2017 at 8:20 pm:
Mae had a wonderful career as a library educator and maintained a strong connection with the UW and the Information School following her retirement. She was a very caring supporter of students and she mentored many graduates through their careers librarians. She will be remembered for her grace and kindness.
Kari Anderson Kari Anderson from Seattle wrote on May 2, 2017 at 12:00 am:
I was a student at the UW library school during Ms. Benne's last years there. I remember her children's literature and children's librarianship classes as some of my favorites. She was always so warm and welcoming. I imagined her providing library services to children in a small public library somewhere. I just know the children must have adored her!
Marie Davis (Pat Griffin) Marie Davis (Pat Griffin) from Tifton, GA wrote on May 1, 2017 at 11:01 pm:
I took Mae's storytelling, children's literature, and young adult literature classes when I attended the UW GSLIS. She was a lovely person with a sly sense of humor, who made me glad I had chosen UW for my library studies. She guided gently, but firmly, and was a friend to her students. Thanks for this opportunity to say some well-deserved, nice things about her. Marie Davis (a.k.a, Pat Griffin), Class of 1988.
Sandra Taylor Sandra Taylor from Bellevue wrote on May 1, 2017 at 9:49 pm:
It was a special phone call from Mae Benne that helped me get my first school librarian position. She called because I had worked with low income children and that was the experience the principal wanted. She will be missed.
Doug Parry Doug Parry wrote on April 20, 2017 at 11:10 pm:
We'd love to hear your memories of Mae. Please post your remembrances here.