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South Library closes in La Crosse, but talks are planned about other ways to use the building



The city of La Crosse is now officially down to two public libraries.

The South Community Library on 16th Street closed last week, two days ahead of the Dec. 1 date that had been announced in October. The library board decided this fall to shut down the south branch, following a $100,000 cut in city funding.

Signs at the former south-side library in La Crosse show the facility is no longer open (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

Library director Shanneon Grant said the keys to the building will be turned over to City Hall by New Year’s Day. Books and other materials at the south branch will be distributed to the remaining libraries on Main Street and Gillette Street, as well as to other facilities.

The future of the library in La Crosse is expected to be discussed at a neighborhood meeting next month.

Grant said people in the Holy Trinity Longfellow neighborhood are planning to meet on Jan. 22 to discuss future plans for the building.

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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