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    Books and Me Children's Chinese Library is a Children's library that aggregates Chinese books, software and other media for young children. We also offer FREE Mandarin Story Time on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Art, Kindergarten Chinese, Cantonese, Abacus, and others classes are taught in Mandarin with a fee to facilitate a Chinese immersion environment.

  • Books and Me Library is pleased to announce that we have slowly re-opened our library room to all members by appointments only for browsing and borrowing. If you plan to visit our library, please EMAIL us to make an appointment with your Books and Me library ID number at least 24 hours before your visit. That will give us enough time to arrange a librarian on site.
    Due to the Covid19 vaccines not available for children under 12, who are our main audience, we allow only one family/one individual at a time inside the library to protect the little ones. VIP members still has an option for "Pick-Up service" at the door. We appreciate you will not visit us when you have any cold-related symptoms. A mask is still required for all members aged 2 and older. Please email us at librarian@zhaoyu.org for further details .

    Our librarians will be answering questions via email. Please email librarian@zhaoyu.org if you need to contact us. Please stay healthy!

  • 2021 Fall Class Registration Starts NOW!

    10/19/21 Update: Since Santa Clara County's Covid-19 cases are under control and there is no major outbreak in nearby schools, Books and Me Library has decided to offer two in person art groups (WA61 and WA62) starting from Session B on 10/30. Other art groups (WA63/64/65/6V) will remain online in Session B. Preschool/Kindergarten Chinese class and Art Portfolio Group for High Schoolers will continue to be in person class. Cantonese and Abacus classes will remain online for Session B.

    Please read our Health and Safety Protocols carefully and make sure you can comply with the rules for in person classes. Otherwise, please sign up online groups. Please read the description below and details in each flyers carefully to choose the right group. To register, please fill out Fall 2021 Class Registration Form ! You will receive a PayPal invoice within 2 business days for payment. Registration is not completed until you make the payment.

    Please finish the registration process (including payment) at least two days before the first class date. Urgent request within two days before the class starts can be emailed to librarian@zhaoyu.org. If approved, a $10 per class session urgent process fee will be charged on the PayPal invoice.

    *All classes are open to our members only, and require parent participation or present when classes held in the library.
    * Most classes are taught in Mandarin, but all teachers are bilingual.
    *Class sizes are small and popular classes filled out soon. Our policy is first come first serve, so please register now to get your spot!
    *All physical classes, except Music Circle Time, do not allow parents/guardians inside the classrooms in order to give students a chance to learn independently. Parents and guardians must wait in the reading room/the library till the class ends.

  • Fall Wonderful Art Class

    Professional art teacher will lead your children to try various art media (sketch, watercolor, charcoal, acrylic....) and improve their drawing and painting skills. Children move through levels based on age and skill development.

    Saturday Groups:

    Session B - Winter Theme: 10/30-12/18, no class 11/27.

    Please choose groups by age and skills:Please note each class time.

    In Person Groups:
    Senior group (WA61): 9:30-10:30, for 8-11 years and older
    Kinder group (WA62): 10:45-11:30, for 4-7 year olds.
    Art Portfolio Group (WAPRO): 5:15-7:15 for High School students with strong previous drawing/painting training ONLY. The goal is to build up art portfolio for college application. Students who want to learn techniques please register WA65.

    Online Groups:
    Junior group (WA63V): 11:45-12:30, for 4-7 year olds.
    Tween group (WA64V): 12:45-1:45, for 8-11 year olds.
    Advance group (WA65V): 3:45-5:15, for 11+ or younger students by invitations only.
    Adult group(WA6A): 2:30-3:30, for 18+ students, siblings, parents, grandparents are all welcome.

  • Fall Preschool/Kindergarten Chinese Class

    All NEW curriculum and teaching method for your 3-6 years old! Learn to recognize Chinese characters in this fun class filled with songs, rhymes, games, and stories! 100% Mandarin Immersion.

    Class meets on Saturdays. 7 weeks per session in the Fall.
    Session A: 9/11-10.23.
    Session B: 10/30-12/18, no class 11/27.

    In Person Group
    KC61: Saturday, 12:00 - 12:50 pm.

  • Fall Cantonese for Young Children

    Instructed by professional teacher who is also a native Cantonese speaker. Class will meet on Saturday mornings. 7 weeks per session this Fall.
    Session A: 9/11-10.23.
    Session B: 10/30-12/18, no class 11/27.

    Online Group:
    CT62V (7-11 year olds): 9:00-9:50, for advance students.
    CT61V (4-8 year olds): 10:00-10:50
    CT60V (4-8 year-olds): 11:00-11:50, for beginners with basic Cantonese listening skills.

  • Fall Abacus and Mental Math Class

    Plan to improve your child's math skills and learn to focus in the new school year? Come join the effective Elementary Abacus class. Our students, age 5 and above, won medals at regional competition! In the weekly class, they learn clear place values and number sense, and improve computation speed by special Abacus technics. Build solid foundation in math and gain confidence in the future class!

    Fall Abacus Classes will be all online.
    Tuesday Online Groups
    Session A: 9/7-10/12.
    Session B: 10/19-11/16.

    ABA21V: 3:30-4:30 *For Beginner Students*
    ABA22V: 4:30-5:30
    ABA23V: 5:30-6:30
    ABA24V: 6:30-7:30 (Advance group, by invitation only.)

    Saturday Online Groups (Please note new class time!)
    Session A: 9/11-10/16.
    Session B: 10/23-11/20.

    ABA61V: 2:30-3:30
    ABA62V: 3:30-4:30
    ABA63V: 4:30-5:30

  • For further question regarding Fall 2021 Online Classes, please email librarian@zhaoyu.org.

    Information about Summer 2021 Online Classes:
    Summer Wonderful Art Class
    Summer Kindergarten Chinese Class

    Summer Cantonese for Young Children
    Summer Abacus and Mental Math Class

    To register Summer Online Classes, please fill out Summer Online Class Registration Form.

  • 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 check out library items. Please read our library policy carefully.

    **To apply for a library card , please bring your ID with updated address and apply in person at our library to receive the library card on the same day OR apply online and email a proof of California Residency to librarian@zhaoyu.org to complete the application and need to pick up the library card later in person

    **VIP Membership: Make a donation (min. $40/year) every year to receive borrowing privilege and priority in class registration; and help Books and Me Library provide better service to our community. Please fill out the form here . or email us at librarian@zhaoyu.org for details.

    **All check-out procedures have to be completed 15 minutes before closing time. It will be greatly appreciated if you can reserve enough time to browse and borrow our library materials when visiting the library.

    **Due to our members' generosity, limited space, and the pandemic, we CANNOT accept any donation of books and Audio/Visual materials (CDs, VCDs, VHS, or cassette tapes) until further notice. We really appreciate your support to Books and Me Library


  • FREE TUESDAY Baby/Toddler ALL Mandarin ONLINE Story Time and Songs, 11:00-11:30am
    Suitable for children and babies aged 9 month to 5 year-old.This event is open to all members. Parents/guardian participation and weekly sign-up are required.
    Due to many of our regular attendants starting preschool, we have very low attendance for the past month. We now will canel this event until further notice. Sorry for the inconvenience. We will email you a new link each week to the Zoom Meeting by end of Monday night.

  • Free Saturday ONLINE Mandarin Story Time: 11:30-Noon.
    Children's stories told in Mandarin, for children 3 to 12 year old only.
    All members are welcomed to join us with their children but weekly sign-up online is required. Please sign up here by 7:00pm on Friday. We will email a new Zoom Link every week to the parents who sign up by Friday night.

  • Library Operating Hours:
    Monday 11 am - 2 pm; visits by appointment only
    Tuesday 11 am - 2 pm ; visits by appointment only
    Wednesday 11 am - 2 pm ; visits by appointment only
    Thursday 1 pm - 3 pm; visits by appointment only
    Friday 1 pm - 3 pm; visits by appointment only
    Saturday 10 am -2 pm; Visits by appointment only
    Sunday 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 - Halloween

    Suggested Reading List (Chinese editions):

    The Witch's Handbook
    Written by: Malcolm Bird

    Do you know how witches ride on a broom and fly in the sky? Do you want to know what witches eat, where do they live, and most importantly, how can witches become magic? This book includes exquisite illustrations and humorous text to tell about witches’ food, clothing, housing, entertainment, and their secrets of magic. A must for any lover of Halloween or things dark, witchy, and fun. Traditional Chinese with Zhuyin. Ages 5-up.

    Book: Alice Nizzy Nazzy: The Witch of Santa Fe
    Written by: Tony Johnston
    Little Manuela is searching for her lost sheep. She has to go to Alice Nizzy Nazzy's talking, road-runner-footed, adobe house and to convince the witch to give the flock back. The witch puts her in the cookpot, but Manuela's "goodness" saves her: only naughty children are tasty to witches. Alice flies off in search of a better meal and Manuela happily takes her sheep home. Another fun story for Halloween. Traditional Chinese with Zhuyin. Ages 5-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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