More than 100 city librarians, community members and other Chicago Public Library supporters gathered outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office in City Hall for a protest and story time in response to Emanuel’s proposed cuts to library hours and staffing Monday morning, the Huffington Post reports. The protesters, including a number of costumed toddlers, also delivered petitions with more than 4,000 signatures to Emanuel’s office. They hope the mayor will reconsider his deep cuts to the system. As the Chicago Sun-Times reports, Emanuel has proposed a $10 million reduction in funding for the city’s library system, which is comprised of 79 branches located throughout the city…

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