Story by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kathleen O’Keefe
Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Abbate

Tucked away in 03-118-10-L is Stennis’ Learning Media Resource Center (LMRC), a relaxing retreat for Sailors looking for a little down time.

The LMRC offers a settled atmosphere with ready access to comfortable chairs, dozens of books and computers.

“I love this place,” said Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Jaessica Hughes. “It’s so calm and quiet there. I can study or just write my family.”

One room in the LMRC houses the ship’s library. The shelves are packed with books ranging from graphic novels to naval history, and with more than 100 Navy literature titles, the library can help Sailors prepare for advancement exams even when the internet is not available.

“Studying in the library is a lot better than studying in a reactor space,” said Machinist Mate 3rd Class Marcus Andrade. “I can study my rate there and not be disturbed.”

The library offers more than 800 titles and receives new books on a regular basis. Some books can be checked out while others are available for Sailors to keep.

“There is a lot to choose from and you’d be surprised how many different kinds of book they have,” said Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class Chad Burks. “There’s something for everyone.”

Nestled next to the library is the ship’s computer lab where Sailors can access email and internet using one of the many available computers.

According to Religious Program Specialist Seaman Rodney Talley, one of a number of Sailors who provide customer service at the LMRC, most of the crew members who visit each day are looking to connect with loved ones back home.

“I don’t get to use the computer in my space a lot,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) Airman Charmetia Coble. “In the library I have some personal space to write family and use the internet.”

In addition to the library and computer lab, there is a small lounge area where Sailors can relax on overstuffed couches and play video games on the flat screen televisions, watch DVDs or just sit and read a book.

“People want to come here and communicate with their families, unwind a little bit and have some fun,” said Tally. “Sometimes people want to be serious and get some studying done. This is a peaceful place that helps Sailors meet their personal and professional goals.”

The LMRC is open from 0900 to 1800 and 2000 to 0000 Monday through Saturday. It is also open from 1300 to 1800 and 2000 to 0000 on Sundays.