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A photograph of a man sitting in an office chair, smoking a pipe, his feet up. The photograph is in black and white and the room the man is in is filled with piano keyboards, typewriters, books, and electronics.

Family Activities for Exploring the Photography Lens of Gordon Parks: Perceive, Believe, Document

A headshot of a woman with blonde hair and a blue shirt in front of a grassy background, next to a photograph of a woman with gray hair and a medal

Lit Bits: Finding Beauty in the Darkness with Sophie Blackall & Kate DiCamillo

A color photograph of a contemporary street scene in Chinatown, San Francisco. Signs with Chinese characters are on the building and marquees, the biggest of which is for Canton Bazaar. A couple dozen red paper lanterns hang on wires that cross the street

Research Inspired by Fiction and Fiction Inspired by Research: Exploring San Francisco’s Historic Chinatown

Two women and a girl seated at a table set for afternoon tea

A Celebration Tea For Mother’s Day

No Extra Words: The Emotional Punch of Novels in Verse

Three movable books from the Rare Book Division.

Pop-Up Books at the Library

A 1940s poster featuring Half-length portrait of member of Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, facing left, holding whistle, in front of marching soldiers.

Women in the Military During World War II: Family Listening Activities

A ballet dancer wearing a white dress leans backwards in a dancing position, one leg extended. Her hands are over her head and her arms look muscular. She wears a hat.

Family Resources for Exploring the Work of Katherine Dunham: Experience, Research & Creation

A middle-aged woman wearing glasses, a red shirt, and a medal around her neck smiles in front of a bookshelf.

Introducing Lit Bits: Meg Medina, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature