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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 temporarily closed starting Monday, 3/9/2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We are slowly reopening our library by accepting requests for book checkout with appointment only for our members. Please email us at librarian@zhaoyu.org for further details .

    There will be no one answering the phone, but librarians will be answering questions via email. Please email librarian@zhaoyu.org if you need to contact us. We apologize for any inconvenience and stay healthy!

  • 2021 Winter/Spring Class Registration Starts NOW!

    Due to the coronavirus pandemic, our classes are now taught online throughout the Winter/Spring 2021 semester. To register, please fill out Winter/Spring 2021 Online Class Registration Form here!

    Please read each class introduction carefully by clicking the name of the class, then fill out the online Class Registration Form above to register. You will receive a PayPal invoice within 1-2 business days for payment. Registration is not completed until you pay the invoice.

    *Early Bird Discount: students who register and pay before December 5, 2020 may qualify for Early Bird Discount! If the total tuition amount on a single invoice is $320 or more, you will get a $15 off, and $400 or more, you will get a $20 off your tuition. Sign up early to get the class time that fits your schedule!

    *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.

  • Winter/Spring 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 - Decorative Drawing: 1/9-2/20, no class 2/13.
    Session B - Whimsy and Imaginative Drawing: 2/27-4/3, no class 4/10.
    Session C - Impressionism and Pointillism: 4/17-5/22, no class 5/29.

    Please choose groups 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 middle/high schoolers or younger students by invitations only.

    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.

  • Winter/Spring Kindergarten Chinese Class

    All NEW curriculum and teaching method for your 4-6 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. 6 weeks per session in this Fall.
    Session A: 1/9-2/20, no class 2/13.
    Session B: 2/27-4/3, no class 4/10.
    Session C: 4/17-5/22, no class 5/29.

    KC61: Saturday, 9:00 - 9:50 am *NEW TIME"

  • Winter/Spring Cantonese for Young Children

    Instructed by professional teacher who is also a native Cantonese speaker. Class will meet on Saturday mornings. 6 weeks per session this Fall.
    Session A: 1/9-2/20, no class 2/13.
    Session B: 2/27-4/3, no class 4/10.
    Session C: 4/17-5/22, no class 5/29.

    CT62 (6 year olds and above): 9:00-9:55
    CT61 (4-6 year olds): 10:00-10:55
    CT63 (4-8 year-olds): 11:00-11:55, accepting beginners with basic Cantonese listening skills.

  • Winter/Spring 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!

    Tuesday Groups
    Session A: 1/12-2/23, no class 2/16.
    Session B: 3/2-4/13, no class 4/6.
    Session C: 4/20-5/25.

    ABA21: 3:30-4:30
    ABA22: 4:30-5:30
    ABA23: 5:30-6:30
    ABA24: 6:30-7:30 (Advance group, by invitation only.)

    Saturday Groups
    Session A: 1/9-2/20, no class 2/13.
    Session B: 2/27-4/3, no class 4/10.
    Session C: 4/17-5/22, no class 5/29.

    ABA60: 1:15-2:15
    ABA61: 2:15-3:15
    ABA62: 3:15-4:15,*Accepting Beginner Students*
    ABA63: 4:15-5:15

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

    The remaining Fall 2020 Online Classes are still accepting new students. Please click here to register!

    More information about Fall 2020 Online Classes:
    Fall Wonderful Art Class
    Fall Abacus and Mental Math Class
    Fall Kindergarten Chinese Class
    Fall Cantonese for Young Children

  • 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 4 year-old and open to all members. Parents/guardian participation and weekly sign-up are required.
    Please sign up here.
    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.
    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 6:00pm 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 Scarecrow
    Written by: Xiu Sui Lin

    Spring is coming. An old man puts an colorful new clothes on the scarecrow. The scarecrow gives shoes to the groundhog and asks him not to dig holes under the field; he gives the clothes to the crow for which to wear beautiful clothes; he gives the hat to the cloud who is afraid of getting tan, so the cloud no longer cries too much which makes the rice grow well. When the rice is ripening, sparrows come to the fields to try to eat the rice, the groundhog, cloud and crow come to help to kick sparrows out...; The story is fluent yet lively. The smart scarecrow fulfills his duty by sharing what he has. Children will learn the meaning of responsibilities, and get to know amazing returns because of giving and sharing. Traditional Chinese with Zhu-Yin. Ages 5-up.

    Book: Heron A-Mo
    Written by: Zong Xian Lin
    A-mo always does something ridiculous which makes he is held up as an ridicule object. A-mo's father tries to change A-mo, but after he finds out A-mo's world which is happy and carefree, he starts doing crazy and strange things with A-mo even being laughed by others. There are people around us doing things weird and unacceptable. Such people are often left out and ignored. If we try to know them better, we may discover another amazing wonderland. Another meaning of this story is that everyone has something good to be appreciated, and it's important to find your own advantages, improve it and be confident. 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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