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 art, preschool Chinese, abacus, and math classes taught in Mandarin to facilitate a Chinese immersion environment.
** 2018 Chinese New Year Special **
Books and Me Library will hold a special Tuesday Baby/Toddler Story Time on 2/20 to celebrate Chinese New Year. There will be Chinese New Year stories, and arts & crafts activities.
**Make a donation (min. $30)every year and you can upgrade to VIP members!
Please contact our librarians through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us for benefits and details.
**NEW!! We now also offer Cantonese Classes for Young Children; this class will be taught in all Cantonese. Please check below for 2018 schedule and fee.
***2018 Spring CLASS REGISTRATION STARTS NOW! *** We offer Mandarin, Abacus, Cantonese and Art classes with a fee for children!
Please read each class introduction carefully, then download the 2018 Spring Class Registration Form. Fill out the information and bring the form and your check (made payable to Zhaoyu Cultural Foundation', to our Library to register for classes. All classes are open only to our members, and require parent participation or accompany. 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!
- Singapore Math Level 7 PreAlgebra
Taught by a professional high school teacher, this class will cover all key topics of PreAlgebra class in 20 weeks! Suitable for current 7th graders who will take Algebra in 8th grade, or current 6th graders who plan to skip 7th grade math!
Only one group with 8 seats! Class meets on Wednesdays, 5:00-6:30pm and will start on 1/10/2018.
- Elementary Singapore Math
Considered the most famous and most effective elementary math curriculum in the world, Singapore Math using clearly illustrated models to introduce focus important math concepts and reinforce the learning with different level of practice questions. This semester, we will offer level 3 and level 6:
SNM3 (Level 3): meet on Saturdays, 11:45-12:45 (60 min.), starts on 1/13; for 2nd-3rd graders.
SNM6 (Level 6): meet on Thursdays, 5:00-6:20 (80 minutes), starts on 1/16; for 5th or 6th graders.
- Spring Elementary Abacus Class
Plan to improve math skills this year? Come join the effective Elementary Abacus class. Our students, age 5-10, won medals at regional competition! In the weekly class, they learn clear number values and concepts, and improve computation speed by special Abacus tricks. Build solid foundation in math and gain confidence all the way up!
Tuesday Classes start on 1/9:
Saturday Classes start on 1/13:
- Spring Wonderful Art
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 1 will start on 1/13, with theme "People".
Session 2 will start on 3/3, with theme "Cats and Dogs".
Session 3 will start on 4/21, with theme "Magical Illusion".
Five groups in the spring, please choose based on the age:
Senior group (WA61): 9:30-10:30, for 8-10 years and older
Kinder group (WA62): 10:45-11:30, for 4-5 year olds.
Junior group (WA63): 11:45-12:30, for 5-7 year olds.
Tween group (WA64): 12:45-1:30, for 6-8 year olds.
Advance group (WA65): 3:45-5:15, for 10+ year olds.
- Clay Sculpture
Session 1: 1/13-2/24
Session 2: 3/3-4/14
Session 3:4/21-5/19 or 6/2
Clay Class (CLAY): Saturday, 2:15-3:15
For 6 years and older! Parents are welcome to register as well.
- Cantonese for Young Children
Instructed by professional teacher who is also a native Cantonese speake. We will have two groups this fall.
Class will meet on Saturday morning:
CT62 (6-8 year olds): Saturday, 9:00-9:45¡Astarting on 1/13¡C
CT61 (4-5year olds): Saturday, 9:55-10:40¡Astarting on 1/13¡C
- Spring Preschool Chinese Class
All NEW curriculum and teaching method for your 3-6 years old! Learn to recognize hundreds of characters in this fun class filled with songs, rhymes, games, and stories! 100% Mandarin Immersion. Parent accompany required, but no need to sit in the classroom.
Tuesday Session/PC21: 10:10-11:00, starts on 1/15.
Monday Session/PC11: 10:10-11:00, starting on 1/16.
Saturday sessions, starting on 1/13:
- 2018 Spring "Let's Sing Chinese" Music Circle Time
New! Tuesday session (MCT2): 10:00-10:45, starts on 1/16!
Saturday session (MCT6): 10:30-11:15, starts on 1/13!.
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!
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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 with updated address and apply for a library card in person at Books
and Me Library. .
**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.
**Thanks to our members' generosity, our books and Audio/Visual materials are exceeding what our space allows. When you donate, please
--Always call or email ahead to double check library hours before bringing your donation.
--We can only take **new and slightly used books, CD's and VCD's that are suitable for children under 12. We DO NOT ACCEPT cassette tapes or VHS tapes.
*If you come with donating items, there will be a possibility that you will need to bring them back if we cannot take them.
We greatly appreciate your understanding.
- FREE TUESDAY Baby/Toddler Mandarin Story Time 11:00-11:30am
Suitable for children aged 6 month to 3 year-old and open to all members. Parents/guardian participation and weekly sign-up are required. Please sign up here.
Free Saturday Story Time: 11:30am to 12:00pm
For children 3 year-old and older. All members are welcomed to join us but sign-up online is required.
Please sign up HERE .
- Library Operating Hours:
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 New Year
Suggested Reading List (Chinese editions):
| Book: Peace Lanterns
Written by: Mu-Cheng Chen
Everyone is hiding in a cave and listens to stories told by uncle Hsih. Suddenly uncle Hsih sees red lanterns flying high in the sky, he says happily: " Here are the lanterns, now we can go home!" . Long time ago, bandits rob villagers during Chinese new year. All people hide in a cave and send a young strong man to come back to see if bandits leave. The man then notifies all people by flying lanterns. This set of "Chinese Folk Festival stories" includes twenty-five books. Great for adults and kids to get to know Chinese folktales and legends. Traditional Chinese with Zhu-Yin. Ages 4-up.
The Nian beast: A-Nuo
Written by: Su-Yi Chen
According to Chinese mythology, a Nian is a beast that lives under the sea or in the mountains. Once each spring, on or around Chinese New Year, it comes out of hiding to attack, and eat people. But in this story, the Nian beast called "A-Nuo" is different. Is there any misunderstanding between people and the Nian beast? A new. fun version of the Nian legend. A great story for kids in the Chinese New year. Traditional Chinese with Zhu-Yin. Kids 4-up.
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.