Word on the Street

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Yesterday 11 members of the Intellectual Freedom and Information Policy Committees braved the cold, wet, windy weather to entertain and educate at the Word on the Street literacy and book festival.

Everyone had their own unique way of drawing people in.  Sylvia was like a carnival barker, or the guy who demonstrates super absorbent towels at the Richmond Night Market as she drew people in with “Spin the wheel!  Answer a question!  Win a candy!  There are no wrong answers!” She was unstoppable.

We invited people to spin the wheel and answer a question on an information policy or intellectual freedom issue.  Contestants got a candy if they got the question right or wrong.  This year we revised the questions to have kid friendly options.  My favourite kid questions were the ones Devon revised on pay equity, net neutrality and whistleblower protection.   Check out the questions (.doc).

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I was surprised at how many people were out enjoying the festival despite the nasty Vancouver weather.  I was also a bit surprised at how interested people (kids and adults) were to learn more about DRM.  I also enjoyed catching up with other library folks, meeting authors and random people who had been active in IF and IP issues.  More about them soon.

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