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  • Books and Me Special Announcements:
    **Please Note: All check-out procedures have to be completed 15 minutes before closing time
    . Please reserve enough time to browse and borrow our library materials when visiting. Thank you for your cooperation!!
    **If you would like to upgrade to VIP members, please contact our librarians.

  • 2014 Winter-Spring Classes start registration!

    Please carefully read each class introduction by clicking on the hyperlink, then download the 2014 Spring Class Registration Form. Read through the terms and conditions and fill out the information and bring the form and your payment to Books and Me Library in person to register for classes. All classes are open only to our members, and require parent participation or accompany.

    Most classes are taught mainly in Mandarin, but all teachers are bilingual. Class sizes are small and filled out soon. Some popular classes sold out in one week, so register now to get your spot!

  • NEW!2014 Little Drummer Class

    Designed for preschoolers 3 to 4 years old, who are not ready for piano or violin class yet. This class will gradually introduce basic theory of rhythms and using percussion instruments and drum pads to learn and master it. With solid foundation of rhythm, learning other instruments will be much easier.

    Recommended pre-requisite for 3 year-olds are four sessions of "Let's Sing Chinese" Music Circle Time. Student must be at least 36 months old to register for this class.

    In Class Parent Participation REQUIRED!Only 8 seats, first come first serve. Class meets on Saturday morning, 9:45 to 10:20am, and starts on January 25.

  • 2014 Spring Abacus Class

    Thursday (ABA4): 3:30-4:30, starting on Jan. 23, for new students.

    Saturday (ABA61): 2:00-3:00, starting on Jan. 18, for new students.
    Saturday session (ABA62): 3:00-4:00, starting on Jan. 18.

    Tuesday (ABA21): 3:30-4:30, starting on Jan. 21, for new students.
    Tuesday (ABA22): 4:30-5:30, starting on Jan. 21.
    Tuesday (ABA23): 5:30-6:30, starting on Jan. 21.
    Tuesday (ABA24): 6:30-7:30, starting on Jan. 21.

    Best Way to learn Math and explore Math for beginners! In this weekly class, kids get clear concept of numbers and faster computation, through the exercise of both hands and mind. Class is designed for 5-8 years old first-time learners of Abacus.

  • 2014 "Let's Sing Chinese" Music Circle Time

    Wednesday session (MCT31): 9:30 to 10:15, starting Jan. 15.

    Please note NEW TIME for Saturday group:
    Saturday session (MCT62): 10:30-11:15, starting on Jan. 18.

    Specially designed for 18 months to 42 months oldd, this class integrates singing, instrument playing, movement, music appreciation, and Chinese learning!

    Four to five sessions per year, one new topic every week which covers basic Chinese terms. Great beginning Mandarin immersion experience for toddlers. Parent/Guardian participation required.

  • 2014 Spring Preschool Chinese Class

    Monday Session (PC11): 10:10-11:00, starting on Jan. 6.
    Monday Session (PC112): 11:10-12:00, starting on Jan. 6.
    Saturday session (PC61): 12:10-1:00, starting on Jan. 11.
    Saturday session (PC62): 1:05-1:55, starting on Jan. 11.

    All NEW curriculum and teaching method for your 3-6 years old! Learn to recognize characters between songs, rhymes, games, and stories! Class meets once every week. 100% Mandarin Immersion. Parent accompany required.

  • 2014 Spring Wonderful Art Class
    New session starts on January 11!

    In session 1, the theme is "Fruits"; session 2's theme is "Transportation", and session 3's theme is "Dogs and Cats".

    Five groups to choose from, please choose according to the age:

    Age 7+ group (WA61): 9:30-10:30 (1 hour class)
    Age 4-5 group (WA62): 10:45-11:30.
    Age 5+ group (WA63): 11:45-12:30.
    Age 6+ group (WA64): 12:45-1:30.
    Age 10+ group (WA65): 4:00-5:00 (1 hour class)

  • Spring 2014 Piano Preparation Group Class
    starts on December 7!
    Accept transfering students to Level B!

    A great beginning keyboard class for the first time learners aged 5-6 years old! Professional piano teacher, Ms. Lilian Chen will lead your kids to learn age-appropriate piano technique, basic singing, ear, and rhythm training, fundamental music theory, and individual and group performance training.

    Three levels per year. After the three levels, your kids will be ready for private lessons. Each student will have a keyboard in the class to play. Limit to only 8 seats per class. Register as soon as possible.

    Class meets from 4:10-5:05 on Saturday afternoon. ***Parent participation required.***

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  • Books & Me Children's Chinese Library is open to members only.
    Membership is free. You will need a Books and Me Library Card to use the facility and borrow books. Please bring your ID and apply for a library card at Books and Me.

  • Baby/Toddler Story Time
    Wednesday morning from 10:30-11:00am
  • This event is suitable for babies and toddlers aged 6 month to 3 year-old, accompanied by a parent or guardian. Space limited to 20 babies.
    Due to limited space, this event is for library VIP members only! Online reservation is required. We apologize that your child will NOT be able to join the story time if you do not sign up even if you are a VIP member. Please Click here to sign up.

  • Saturday Story Time
    **Please Note: There will be no story time on 4/5/2014 due to spring break.
    11:30 am to 12:00 every Saturday for children 3 year-old and older. All members are welcomed to sign up and join us.

    Please Click here to sign up.

  • Library Operating Hours:
    Mon 10am-3pm
    Tue 10am-3pm
    Wed 10am-3pm
    Thu 10am-3pm
    Fri 11am-3pm
    Sat 10am-5pm
    Sun closed
4600 El Camino Real, Suite 205
Los Altos, CA 94022
Tel: 650-941-4379 ,   Email: librarian@zhaoyu.org

  • Books and Me has thousands of books and audio/visual materials for children, in both Simplified and Traditional Chinese. Topics cover natural sciences, history, culture, education, parenting and more.

  • To renew library items, please email to librarian@zhaoyu.org. You only can renew once per item.

  • Library Theme -Self Recognition

    Suggested Reading List (Chinese editions):

    Book: Little Penguins Go Fishing
    Written by: Tatsuya Miyanishi

    Little Pen and Little Guin are good friends. They do everything together. One day they go fishing. Little Pen believes he should have gotten a big octopus, a big eel, a big cuttlefish, and a big crab, but little Guin thinks all those sea creatures are small. They fight each other until a real big fish is coming¡K¡K.It is a fun story with great imagination. Children will be amused by the interesting, exaggerated images. Traditional Chinese with Zhu-Yin. Ages 4-up.

    Book: What Do You Do With A Potty? An Important Pop-up Book
    Written by: Marianne Borgardt
    This little book is the perfect way to introduce potty-training to your youngster. Cartoons of a little boy ask ¡§What do you do with a potty?¡¨ and ¡§What goes in the potty?¡¨ Pull-tabs show the boy pulling down his pants and sitting on the little seat, pulling out the toilet paper and emptying the pot into the big toilet. The vivid illustrations and fun pops make this book an invaluable treasure in your child's library. Traditional Chinese with Zhu-Yin. Ages 2-up.

  • Volunteers:
    The success of Books & Me depends on your involvement. We are looking for volunteers in many fields. Please write to hr@zhaoyu.org if you are interested in lending a hand.
    • Library Assistant/Admin
    • Marketing Assistant
    • Storyteller/Activity Teacher
    • Activity Organizer
    • Web Engineer
    • Representives from Chinese schools
    • Book Carriers
  • Equipment:
    Your junk can be a treasure for us. Please contact gift@zhaoyu.org for equipment donations.
    • Chinese children's audio CDs with or without books
    • Chinese children's videos
    • A flat screen computer monitor 19" or larger
    • A Computer projector SVGA resolution or better
    • A Projector screen

      Due to space constrain, we do not accept English books, books for adults (except parenting books), and homework practice type of books. We also do not accept toys and craft items unless specified on the website.
  • Donations:
    Public support is essential to the success of the Library. Your donation to Books & Me through the Zhaoyu Cultural Foundation is tax deductible. A small donation can help us bring more books and better service to your children and the community. For more information, please click here, or contact us at: gift@zhaoyu.org.

The Zhaoyu Cultural Foundation (ZCF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization registered in the State of California. Our mission is to promote multi-lingual mastery of Chinese language, culture and identity among overseas Chinese children in North America.

The Books & Me Children's Chinese Library is our first community service. For information about the Foundation and our future plans, please click links below:

  • We also want to thank the following volunteers for their extraordinary work to make the library launch smoothly:

    • Gina Ng
    • Sheena Chin
    • Jenny Huang
    • Sharon Wang
    • Sharon Chiu
    • Chia-Chun Wu
    • Aaron Chum
    • Samantha Chang

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