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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 17, Number 2, October 2004

Word on the street

Once again, the annual Word on the Street festival attracted tens of thousands of avid readers to the Vancouver Public Library and surrounding streets on September 26.

The BCTF had a table at the event for the first time, giving staffers (Nancy Knickerbocker and Sylvia Bishop) a terrific opportunity to reach out to parents, students, and teachers who flocked to the full day of readings and festivities to celebrate literacy and literature.

We distributed hundreds of buttons reading Friend of Public Education and Proud To Be a Teacher, along with hundreds of copies of the Charter for Public Education and many more BCTF publications on topics such as social justice, parent presentations, and why public education is worth defending.

Teacher-librarians at the Coalition for School Libraries table also had lively exchanges with many parents and other concerned citizens who wanted to learn about the impact of government policies on our school libraries.

– Nancy Knickerbocker

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