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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, preschool Chinese, Cantonese, abacus, and math classes are taught in Mandarin with a fee to facilitate a Chinese immersion environment.

  • Books and Me Library will be temporarily closed starting Monday, 3/9/2020 in response to members' concerns and our abundant precautions over Corona Virus spread. We have started online classes via Zoom for Abacus, Preschool Chinese, Cantonese and Art classes with fee. Please email us at librarian@zhaoyu.org if you need further information. We apologize for any inconvenience and stay healthy!

  • 2020 SUMMER Class Registration Starts NOW!
    Due to the coronavirus pandemic, our classes are now taught online throughout this summer. You can email us to find out more details. To register, please fill out the online registration form for Summer classes here!

    Please read each class introduction carefully by clicking the name of the class, then fill out the Summer online Class Registration Form.

    *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 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.

  • 2020 Summer Wonderful Art Class
    Class now offered via Zoom
    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. 4 class meetings each session

    Session 1 - Watercolor : 6/6 - 6/27
    Session 2 - Crayon and Pastel : 7/11 - 8/1
    Session 3 - Sketch: 8/8 - 8/29

    Classes divided by age and skills: Senior group (WA61): 9:30-10:30, for 8-13 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): 12:45-1:45, for 7-10 year olds.
    Advance group (WA65): 3:45-5:15, for 10 years and older; Invitations Only.
    Portfolio Group (WAPOR) : 5:15-7:15 for High School students ONLY

  • SUMMER Kindergarten Chinese Class

    All NEW curriculum and teaching method for your 4.5-6 years old! Learn to recognize hundreds of characters in this fun class filled with songs, rhymes, games, and stories! 100% Mandarin Immersion. Parents/guardians need to wait in the reading room during the class, but not to be present inside the classroom.
    Class meets on Saturdays only.
    KC61: 12:10 -1:00 pm
    6/6-8/29/2020, 12 class meetings

  • Summer Cantonese for Young Children
    Instructed by professional teacher who is also a native Cantonese speaker.
    Class will meet on Saturday mornings. 6/6-8/29, 12 class meetings:

    CT62 (6 year olds and above): 9:00-9:45
    CT61 (4-6 year olds): 9:55-10:40
    CT63 (4-8 year-olds): 10:45-11:30

  • Summer Mental Math and Abacus Class
    Plan to improve your child's math skills and learn to focus this summer? 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 7/7-8/25:
    ABA21: 3:30-4:30
    ABA22: 4:30-5:30
    ABA23: 5:30-6:30
    ABA24: 6:30-7:30

    Saturday Classes start on 7/11-8/29
    ABA60: 1:15-2:15
    ABA61: 2:15-3:15
    ABA62: 3:15-4:15
    ABA63: 4:15-5:15 *For Beginner Students*

  • 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.

    **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 gently used books, CD's and VCD's 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 ALL Mandarin ONLINE Story Time and Songs, 11:00-11:30am
    Suitable for children and babies aged 9 month to 4 year-old and open to all members. Parents/guardian participation and weekly sign-up are required.
    Please sign up here by 5:00 pm each Monday! For internet security, we will email you a new link each week to the Zoom Meeting by end of Monday night.

  • Free Saturday Mandarin Story Time: 11:30-Noon. *Online NEW TIME*
    Children's stories told in Mandarin ONLY for children 3 year and older. All members are welcomed to join us but sign-up online is required.
    Please sign up here by 5:00pm Each Friday. We will email a new Zoom Link every week to the parents who sign up by Friday night.

  • 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: The Most Wonderful Egg in the World
    Written by: Helme Heine

    Dotty has the most beautiful feathers. Stalky has the most beautiful legs. And Plumy has the most beautiful crest. But which of them is the most beautiful? The three hens go to the king, he proclaims: "Whichever one of you lays the most wonderful egg I will make her a princess" . And so the contest begins... This is a lovely story with a wonderful message for children that it does not matter what you look like, so long as you do something of value. The hens in the story learn this, and so do us. Traditional Chinese with Zhu-Yin. Ages 5-up.

    Book: The Hat Shop in the Forest
    Written by: Masako Narita
    Sana and her friend Lulu are walking in the forest. They see a small hat on the ground. Sana wants to return the hat to the owner, thus she continues to walk forward and puts the hat on her head. "Ah! There is another hat! ", "I see more hats too!". The girls see more hats. All of the sudden all the hats become bigger, and it turns out both of them got shrunk! This fun book "The Hat Shop in the Forest" leads children to explore "big" and "small" while appreciating the colors and various shapes in the story. It is an aesthetic book suitable for little readers who also get creativity from this book. Traditional Chinese with Zhu-Yin. Ages 4-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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