Assabil Public Libraries are found in three different branches around Beirut, but my favorite is nestled in Monnot, next to the Museum of Lebanese Prehistory.
As a school librarian myself, I can’t stress enough the importance of libraries in neighborhoods, because they mirror the society and its needs. Assabil Library is always active with events, whether virtual or real-life ones.
The Monnot branch is full of youth, as it is close to a university, making its collection variable and rich with French, English, and Arabic books on several topics. They even have a section dedicated to children, and they usually host storytellings every Friday for kids to enjoy (FOR FREE!).
I always encourage locals to discover the public spaces they can benefit from, so here I am sharing this public space in an article because we do need them more than ever!