Ilene B. Benator

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"Ms. Berkin, my grade school librarian, truly saved my life. She took a rambunctious, distracted but intelligent kid who played a prank on the library, and rather than hold it against me, placed me into the inaugural gifted program that she created and ran. I have always counted my librarians as not just mentors, but friends. They don't just take care of books...they take care of me."