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Library layoffs and furloughs to save close to $500K

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More than a dozen workers at the La Crosse Public Library will be out of jobs at the end of this week, as the library needs to meet city budget-cutting goals. 

The library board is permanently cutting 4 full-time and 11 part-time jobs, effective Friday. 

Eight other full-time workers will be furloughed for most of the summer, until September. 

Nearly 50 remaining library staffers will be laid off for 18 days each at different times throughout the remainder of 2020. 

Total cuts in staffing, equipment, and services exceed half-a-million dollars. 

The city’s three libraries remain closed to most customers, although many people have been allowed inside by appointment to use the library computers.  

Library board members call the budget cuts ‘difficult’ and ‘heartbreaking’ budget cuts, to make up for funding shortages due to the coronavirus. 

The library is also cutting some materials, supplies, and travel expenses, with reductions representing 10 per cent of the library’s budget. 

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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