La Crosse’s south branch library gets a life line

La Crosse’s southside community library is likely safe, at least for now.

The Library Board voted Thursday night to keep the south branch open for one more year by taking money from the reserve fund. That means people who use the library can breathe a sigh of relief.

Dozens of people showed up to speak at the Library Board meeting against closing the south branch. Others rallied outside the meeting.

The board voted to recommend shutting down the south branch last month as a way to make up for a more than $260,000 budget deficit.

La Crosse Public Library Director Kelly Krieg-Sigman says, if anything, the process has opened people’s eyes to the situation they’re facing.

If the proposal goes through, the north and south side library branches will see six hours of service cut each week. The main library’s hours will remain the same.

It now moves onto a city committee before moving on to the full council.