Librarians host a story hour to protest library cuts

SF Chronicle – “Cyclists at Ogawa Plaza got more than free pancakes, bike repairs and goodie bags at this year’s East Bay Bike to Work Day. Over a loudspeaker in front of City Hall, a couple of Oakland librarians had something else to share with them. “I went walking, what did you see? I saw a brown horse looking at me,” Amy Martin said as she stood in front of City Hall and read aloud from a giant children’s book.

Nearby, children sat in parents’ laps, clapping and reading along with the book, I Went Walking, and enjoying the impromptu session of story hour. But this story did not end with a happily ever after. Instead, after finishing the book for her young audience, Martin, a children’s librarian at Oakland’s main branch, delivered news of a public library system in peril — telling her listeners that 13 of the city’s 17 library branches may be closed come June. The audience booed and, following Martin’s lead, began to chant “No cuts to libraries!”

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