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    Hays Library reopens for in-person services

    Hays Library reopens for in-person services

    Photo By Pfc. Anthony Ford | The new children's room awaits patrons at the George P. Hays Library, April 9, 2021,...... read more read more



    Story by Pvt. Anthony Ford 

    50th Public Affairs Detachment

    Fort Stewart’s George P. Hays Library is now open for face-to-face services after nearly a year of primarily virtual services, which was implemented to mitigate the risk of COVID-19.

    In addition to current mask and social distancing regulations, a new system for COVID-19 transmission mitigation includes taking visitors’ temperatures, limiting the number of visitors to 25 at a time, and reducing operating hours to 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

    In 2020, the library was closed to almost all in-person services. The building underwent a deep cleaning and sanitizing, a full inventory, and a redecoration of the children's center.

    Physically, the library has books, DVDs, and video games to check out. Online, there are ebooks, audiobooks and 40 databases, including ones used to learn new languages and research ancestry. All services are free and can be used with a library account.

    “The library has something for everyone; Soldiers, civilians, Families and veterans,” said Jacqueline Chappell, the library director.

    The library continues to provide virtual programs initiated early in the COVID-19 pandemic that can be found at and the Stewart Hunter MWR Facebook page. These programs include virtual storytime for kids, a summer reading program, and online mixology classes for adults.

    The library’s resources can be used to help get work done. Sgt. Branden Taylor, an investigator assigned to 30th Military Police Detachment, said he visits the library when he needs access to government websites that require a common access card.

    “With the library being open, it gives me an opportunity to do what I have to do,” said Taylor. “Without the library there’s no way I’d be able to get [work] done on time.”



    Date Taken: 04.09.2021
    Date Posted: 04.13.2021 15:10
    Story ID: 393708
    Location: FORT STEWART, GA, US 

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