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  • Books and Me Library Special Announcement:

    **All check-out procedures have to be completed 15 minutes before closing time.

    ***Books and Me Library will be closed from 7/2 to 7/15/2016 for inventory and will reopen on Saturday, 7/16/2016.***

    **It will be greatly appreciated if you can reserve enough time to browse and borrow our library materials when visiting the library.
    Thank you very much for your cooperation!!

    **Thanks for our members' generosity, our books and Audio/Visual materials are exceeding what our space allow. Due to the limited space and staff, we can only take new and slightly used books, CD's and VCD's.We can no longer take cassette tapes or VHS tapes, or old books that were published before year of 2006. When donating, please contact our librarians for details. If you come with donating items, there will be a possibility that you will need to bring them back if we cannot take them. Thanks for your understanding.

    **If you would like to upgrade to VIP members, please contact our librarians through email at librarian@zhaoyu.org or call us for details such as updated VIP membership fee ($30.00) and benefits.

  • 2016 Summer Classes start registration!

    Please carefully read each class introduction by clicking on the hyperlink, then download the 2016 Summer 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 to register in person for fall 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!

  • 2016 Summer Classes Introduction:

  • 2016 Summer "Let's Sing Chinese" Music Circle Time
    Come and experience the weekly Mandarin Immersion Music Circle Time for your little ones, aged 18-42 months old. One new theme every week, with songs, games, music, and movements. Only one summer session on Saturdays 10:30-11:15am.

  • NEW!Art and Music Summer Camp for Preschoolers
    Join half day of music, stories, and arts in 100% Mandarin immersion environment! For 3-5 year-olds without parents attending. One special theme every day: Rainbow fish, Farm animals, Me and my family, Garden and caterpillar, and Ocean and beach!
    ONE week only, 8/1 to 8/5. It is a great way to prepare children going to school in Fall.

  • Wonderful Art Summer 2016:

    Regular Art Classes:
    Teacher Tseng will focus on children's painting skills this summer in sketching, charcoal, and pastels for the first session and Watercolor for the second session! Classes will start on 7/16/2016. Materials for ALL summer art classes are FREE.
    3 morning class for different age groups to choose from, please choose according to the age:
    Age 8-10 and advance (SWA61): 9:30-10:30 (1 hour class)
    Age 4-5 group (SWA62): 10:45-11:30.
    Age 6-8 group (SWA63): 11:45-12:30.
    Session 1/Sketching, Charcoal, Pastels: 7/16-7/30, 3 weeks
    Session 2/Watercolor: 8/6-8/27, 4 weeks

    NEW! Specialty Art Classes for 6 years and older
    *Clay Sculpture: 1-2 pm.
    *Block Printing: 2:15-3:15 pm.
    *Chinese Painting: 3:30-4:30 pm.
    To fit in your summer vacation schedule, all three classes will be held in two sessions
    Session 1: 7/16-7/30, 3 weeks
    Session 2: 8/6-8/27, 4 weeks

  • 2016 Summer Abacus Class
    **All classes accept new students**
    Saturday Classes start on 6/18/2016 :
    (ABA61): 2:00-3:00
    (ABA62): 3:00-4:00
    Tuesday Classes start on 6/14/2016 :
    (ABA21): 4:30-5:30
    (ABA22): 5:30-6:30
    (ABA23): 6:30-7:30

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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.

  • Wednesday Baby/Toddler Story Time 10:30-11:00am
    Please sign up on 6/22 for the last story time before 2016 summer break on 6/29!
    This event is suitable for babies and toddlers accompanied by a parent or guardian. aged 6 month to 3 year-old, Space limited to 20 babies.
    We apologize that your child will NOT be able to join the story time if you do not sign up Please Click here to sign up.

  • Saturday Story Time 11:30-Noon
    PLEASE NOTE: 6/4 is the last Saturday story time before our summer break starts. The Fall storytime will resume in August.
    For children 3 year-old and older.
    All members are welcomed to join us but sign-up online is required in order for us to prepare crafts and goodies. 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: Brown, Fierce, and Furry (What Am I?)
    Written by: Moira Butterfield

    This book is part of "who am I" series which covers a different animal and invites young children to guess what it is. It opens with a simple riddle followed by a series of artworks showing a different part of the animal's body - first the fur, then the nose and so on - until finally the whole animal is revealed. It concludes with a picture of the animal's babies, an illustration of its habitat, a map of its home and a fun quiz. Brightly colored, realistic paintings accompany  the clearly written texts. Traditional Chinese with Zhu-Yin. Ages 3-up.

    Book: It Starts with an Apple
    Written by: Hiroshi Ito
    From the start,  there is an apple. Then two worms come out from the apple,  three birds want to eat the worms....This is baby's first fun math book .  Ten  different graphics help young children practice counting from 1-10 and enhance their logical concept. Traditional Chinese with Zhu-Yin. Ages 3-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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