Books and Me Children's Chinese Library, founded in 2005 by the Zhaoyu Cultural Foundation, is the first Children's library in Northern California that aggregates more than 6000 Chinese books, audio/visual media for young children.
We also offer FREE Mandarin Story Time on Saturdays. Art, Kindergarten Chinese, Cantonese, Abacus, and others classes are taught in Mandarin with a fee to facilitate a Chinese immersion environment.
- Please Note: We now are open to all members on Saturdays from 11:30am to 4:00pm with NO appointments needed. We also start in-person story time on Saturday, 8/6/2022! During the weekdays, appointments are still required by email with your Books and Me library ID number before your visit so we can arrange a librarian on site.
For safety during the pandemic, we allow only one family/one individual at a time inside the library to protect the little ones. VIP members has an option for "Pick-Up service" at the door.
Please do NOT visit us when you have any cold-related symptoms. All visitors who come to visit our library will be required to show us their proof of Covid19 vaccines. A mask is still required for all members and visitors age 2 and older. Thank you for your cooperation!
Our librarians will be answering questions via email. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to contact us.
- 2022 Summer Class Registration Starts NOW!
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 Summer 2022 Class Registration Form ! You will receive a PayPal invoice within 2 business days for payment. Registration is not completed until you make the payment.
* Summer 2022 accepts partial term registration, please read the specific requirements for each class below.
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 email@example.com. 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!
*Please read the registration form carefully, esp. regarding rules on student's absence, transfer, or class refund. Class materials required by the Abacus and art classes are not refundable once purchased.
*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.
*Due to Covid-19 pandemic, only parents and guardians of students younger than 5 are required to wait in the reading room/the library till the class ends. These parents must provide proof of full immunization for Covid-19. In Person students 5 years and older also need to provide proof of full immunization.
- Summer 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.
Session A - Pastel and Oil Pastel: 6/4-6/25.
Session B - Watercolor: 8/6-8/27.
Special July Session - Pencil and Charcoal Sketch: 7/9-7/30.
* Minimum 2 weeks per session for partial term registration.
Please choose groups by age:
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.
Advance group (WAADV): 3:45-5:45(2 hours), for 11+ or younger students by invitations only.
Art Portfolio Group (WAPRO): will not be offered in Summer 2022. Please register WAADV above.
Junior group (WA63V): 11:45-12:30, for 4-7 year olds.
Tween group (WA64V): 12:45-1:45, for 8-11 year olds.
- Summer Mandarin 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:
Session A: 6/4-7/16, 5 weeks, no class 6/11 & 7/2.
Session B: 7/23-8/25, 6 weeks.
* Minimum 3 weeks for session A, and minimum 4 weeks for session B for partial term registration.
In Person Groups:
MC60: for 3-6 year olds, 9:30-10:15 am. Accepting Beginners
MC61: for 3-4 year olds, 10:20-11:10 am. Accepting Beginners
MC62: for 4-6 year olds, 11:20 am-12:05 pm.
- Summer Cantonese for Young Children
Instructed by professional teacher who is also a native Cantonese speaker.
Class will meet on Saturday mornings.
Session A: 6/4-7/16, 6 weeks, no class 7/2.
Session B: 7/23-8/25, 6 weeks.
* Minimum 4 weeks per session for partial term registration.
All online Groups:
CT62V (7-12 year olds): 9:00-9:50, for advance students.
CT61V (5-8 year olds): 10:00-10:50
CT60V (4-8 year-olds): 11:00-11:50, for beginners with basic Cantonese listening skills.
- Summer Abacus and Mental Math Class
For further question regarding Summer 2022 Classes, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
Summer Abacus Classes will be all online.
* Minimum 3 weeks for summer session if registering partial term.
Tuesday Online Groups
June Session: 5/31-6/21, 4 weeks.
July Session: 7/12-8/2, 4 weeks.
August Session: 8/9-8/30, 4 weeks.
ABA22V: 4:30-5:30 , accepting Beginners
ABA24V: 6:30-7:30 (Advance group, by invitation only.)
Saturday Online Groups (Please note new class time!)
June Session: 6/4-6/25, 4 weeks.
July Session: 7/9-7/30, 4 weeks.
August Session: 8/6-8/27, 4 weeks.
- Information about Spring 2022 Online Classes:
Spring Wonderful Art Class
Spring Mandarin Chinese Class
Spring Cantonese for Young Children
Spring Abacus and Mental Math Class
To register Spring 2022 Online Classes, please fill out Winter/Spring 2022 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 use this link: to apply online and email a proof of California Residency to email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 In-Person Mandarin Story Time: 11:20am-Noon.
Children's stories told in Mandarin, for children 3 to 12 year old only.
Our story time will resume IN-PERSON again on 8/6! Hope you all will have a safe and happy summer!
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.
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4600 El Camino Real,
Los Altos, CA 94022
Tel: 650-941-4379 , Email: email@example.com
- 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
firstname.lastname@example.org. You only can renew once per item.
Library Theme - Chinese Valentine's Day
Suggested Reading List (Chinese editions):
| Book: The Cowherd and the Weaver Girl
Written by: Huiguang Cai
The Cowherd and the Weaver Girl is a Chinese folk tale. It is a love story between Zhinu (the weavergirl, ) and Niulang (the cowherd). Their love is not allowed, thus they are banished to the opposite sides of the heavenly river. Once a year, on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month, a flock of magpies would form a bridge to reunite the lovers for one day. People have celebrated it as the Qixi Festival since the Han dynasty The "Chinese Folk Festival stories" series includes twenty-five books. Great for kids to read the Chinese legends and learn traditional cultures represented by the folktales. Traditional Chinese, Zhuyin, suitable for children over four years old.
|| Book: The Magpie Bridge
Written by: Jiaqi Guan
The old tailor had seven daughters, but only the youngest daughter: Qiao was interested in sewing and inherited her fatherís skill. On the evening of the seventh day of July, a group of magpies started squeaking, flying over to build a beautiful and magnificent magpie bridge. Qiao was inspired and decided to embroider a perfect magpie bridge in one year. Qiao finished an exquisite magpie bridge picture which was exactly the bridge that made the Cowherd and Weaver Girl were able to see each other during the annual reunion. The "Chinese Folklore" series includes twenty-five books, readers will get to know traditional folk tales and festival customs. Adults and children will also appreciate the beautiful prints and paper art in the books. Traditional Chinese, Zhuyin, suitable for children over four years old.
The success of Books & Me depends on your involvement. We
are looking for volunteers in many fields. Please write to email@example.com 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
Your junk can be a treasure for us. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for equipment
- 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.
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: email@example.com.