Update 1:30 p.m. About 300 people marched down Central Street this noon to protest the planned closing of Evanston’s branch libraries.
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Protest organizers Jonathan Polish and Larry Lundy spoke to the crowd after the group moved across the street to Independence Park.
And with children making up much of the crowd, there were songs for the kids to sing, provided by Shana Harvey and Johnathan Polish.
Late this morning a smaller crowd, numbering perhaps 100 people, staged a similar demonstration outside the South Branch library on Chicago Avenue.
At least two aldermen observed the rallies. The City Council is scheduled to adopt a budget to resolve a $9.5 million revenue shortfall by the end of February. Closing the branch libraries would save more than $400,000 a year.