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Save the Library Club holds 2nd fundraiser

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - With budget concerns placing the future of La Crosse's South Branch library in doubt, one local elementary school student is doing something about it.

Kaitlyn Erickson isn't your typical nine-year-old. When asked to define compassion she answered "Compassion to me is empathy in action."

After hearing one of her favorite places might close, Kaitlyn took action. She started the Save the Library Club. The club meets at Kaitlyn's grandma's house after school once a week. The club hosted a read-a-thon in March and sold handmade bracelets to raise money for the library.

On Saturday, they sang songs and read stories at Java Vino in La Crosse. Kaitlyn's grandmother, Joyce Erickson, is the one who inspired her passion for the library. Joyce said, "I have taken her to story time since she was a baby, and we've had a lot of fun doing that together."

It's also thanks to Joyce that the club has raised so much money. So far, they've raised more than $1,300, surpassing their original goal by $300.

Kaitlyn's mom, Tina Erickson, said because of the club Kaitlyn has learned compassion and selflessness. She said, "We're very proud and sometimes in awe that this is our daughter who is doing this."

Kaitlyn is humble about her fame. "It's not about me only, it's the about the club. I don't want to be famous, but if anyone's going to be famous, it's going to be all of us."

The library will remain open until at least December. Other community members formed a task force to create cost-saving ways to keep all three La Crosse library branches open.

Kaitlyn says if the South Branch Library does close, the club will focus on keeping the other two branches open. The Save the Library Club has an account at River Bank on Mormon Coulee Road if you would like to donate.

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