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  • Books and Me Library Special Announcement:

    Please Note:
    **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.
    Thank you very much for your cooperation!!

    **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.

  • 2015 Summer Classes start registration!

    Please carefully read each class introduction by clicking on the hyperlink, then download the 2015 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 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!

  • 2015 Summer Classes Introduction:

  • Wonderful Art Summer 2015:

    Teacher Yuming Tseng will offer three sessions in the Summer! Session 1, "Watercolor " starting on 6/6; session 2 "Soft Pastels" starting on 7/11; session 3 "Sketch and Charcoal" starting on 8/8.

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

    Age 8+ 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.

  • 2015 SummerAbacus Class

    Thursday (ABA4): 4:00-5:00, starting on 6/11, accepts new students.

    Saturday (ABA61): 2:00-3:00, starting on 6/13, accepts new students.
    Saturday (ABA62): 3:00-4:00, starting on 6/13.

    Tuesday (ABA21): 3:30-4:30, starting on 6/2, accepts new students.
    Tuesday (ABA22): starting on 6/2.
    Tuesday (ABA23): 5:30-6:30, starting on 6/2, accepts new students.
    Tuesday (ABA24): 6:30-7:30, starting on 6/2, accepts new students.

    Best Way to learn Math and explore Math for beginners! In this weekly class, kids learn clear concept of numbers and place value as well as faster computation through the help of abacus beads. Class is designed for 5-8 years old first-time learners of Abacus.

  • Preschool Chinese Class is not offered in the summer!

  • "Let's Sing Chinese" Music Circle Time

    Wednesday session (MCT31): 9:30-10:15, no class in the summer!

    Saturday session (MCT62): 10:30-11:15, starts on 5/30!.

    Specially designed for 18 months to 42 months old, this class integrates singing, instrument playing, movement, music appreciation, and Chinese learning into one fun-packed lesson!

    A new topic every week covering basic concepts and Chinese terms. Great beginning Mandarin immersion experience for toddlers. Parent/Guardian participation required!

  • Piano Private Lessons

    One on one Piano Private Lessons are available with Ms. Lillian Chen, right at Books and Me Library. Email librarian@zhaoyu.org for details.

  • Sign-up for the Books & Me Mailing List and be notified of events and schedule changes.

  • 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
    There will NOT be Baby/Toddler Story Time from 7/1 to 8/19/2015 but will resume on 8/26. Please remember to sign up on 8/19 for the story time when we resume. 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 from 6/27/2015 to 8/22/2015 for summer break. Saturday story time will resume on 8/29.
    11:30 am to 12:00 on Saturdays for children 3 year-old and older.
    All members are welcomed to sign up to 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 -Summer Vacation

    Suggested Reading List (Chinese editions):

    Book: The Relatives Came
    Written by: Cynthia Rylant

    Traveling all day and all night from Virginia, a carload of relatives arrive to visit those they love during the summer. They stay for weeks, have picnics, pose for pictures, share the bed and floor of a humble house, play music, and hug. Eventually they have to leave, they are sad, but they all know they will be together next summer. It is a precious story about the love of family and how they work and play together during their family reunions. This Caldecott-Honor book describes the memorable experience of a large group of relatives visiting their family one summer, and helps kids understand the importance of family. Traditional Chinese with Zhu-Yin. Ages 5-up.

    Book: Grandaddy's Place
    Written by:Helen V. Griffith
    Janetta and her mother go to the country to visit her grandaddy. At first Janetta does not like grandaddy, his farm, or his animals. After a couple of days she starts to warm-up to her surroundings and her grandfather. By the end of the story she has forged s strong relationship with her new animal friends and the most important--her grandaddy! It is a nice simple book about a young city girl's rediscovery of the past and its importance to her. A wonderful story for teaching young children about relationships with older adults and learning to appreciate different lifestyles. Traditional Chinese with Zhu-Yin. 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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