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  • Books and Me Library Special Announcement:

    **Books and Me Library will be closed for summer break from Friday, 6/30/2017 to Friday, 7/7/2017. All the courses that are scheduled during the closing time will be held as scheduled.

    **Make a donation (min. $30)every year and you can upgrade to VIP members! Please contact our librarians through email at librarian@zhaoyu.org or call us for benefits and details.


    Please read each class introduction carefully, then download the 2017 SUMMER Class Registration Form. Fill out the information and bring the form and your payment to Books and Me 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 filled out soon. So register now to get your spot!

  • Summer Special Art Program

    Come learn some new art media during the summer vacation!

    Session 1: 6/3-6/24
    Session 2: 7/8-7/29
    Session 3: 8/5-8/26

    Clay Class (CLAY): Saturday, 12:45-1:45, Session 1, 2, 3
    Paper Clay (PPC): Saturday, 2:15-3:15, Session 2 and 3 only
    Chinese Painting (CPT): Saturday, 3:30-4:30, Session 1, 2, 3

    For 6 years and older! Clay class and Chinese Painting also welcome parents.

  • Summer 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.

    This spring, the first session will focus on 'Sketches', and the second session will be 'Watercolor', followed by "Pastel" in third session.

    Three groups in the spring, please choose based on the age:

    Advance group (WAS61): 9:30-10:30, for 8-10 years and older
    Beginning group (WAS62): 10:45-11:30, for 4-6 year olds.
    Medium group (WAS63): 11:45-12:30, for 6-8 year olds.

  • 2017 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!

    * Note: summer Abacus are only five weeks and 1.5 hours per meeting.

    Saturday Classes start on 6/10:
    ABAS61: 2:00-3:30
    ABAS62: 3:30-5:00
    Tuesday Classes start on 6/6:
    ABAS21: 4:00-5:30
    ABAS22: 5:30-7:00

  • Summer 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.

    Monday Session (PC11): 10:10-11:00, starting on 6/5
    Saturday session (PC61): 12:10-1:00, starting on 6/3

  • 2017 Summer "Let's Sing Chinese" Music Circle Time

    Saturday session (MCT6): 10:30-11:15, starts on 6/10!.

    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.

  • *Wednesday Baby/Toddler Story Time **11:00-11:30am**
    Please Note: 6/28 will be the last story time before the summer break. Story time will resume on 8/23/2017 after the break.
    Suitable for children aged 6 month to 3 year-old and parent/guardian participation is required.
    ** The space is limited to 20 babies. Only general membership of Books and Me and weekly sign-up are required. Please Sign up here now.

  • *Saturday Story Time: 11:30am to NOON
    Please Note: 6/24 will be the last story time before summer break. We will resume on 8/26 after the break. Have a great summer!
    For children 3 year-old and older. All members are welcomed to join us but sign-up online is required
    Sign up now.

  • 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: Dear World
    Written by: Takayo Noda

    “Dear car, you will not need wheels, if you have wings, I wish you wings, in your dream tonight." A child's world is full of beauty. Each day offers new discoveries to celebrate. This luminous compilation of poems gives readers a look at the world through a child's eye. The artwork is achingly beautiful and cheerful simultaneously. It is a wonderful book to introduce children to the magic of poetry and the beauty in simple everyday events. Traditional Chinese with Zhu-Yin. Kids 4-up.

    Book: My Sister Claire and Me
    Written by: Dimiter Inkiow
    “My Sister Claire and Me" serious is about adventures of a five-year-old boy and his sister with each other. The books are lovely, funny, and also value patience, acceptance and bond between the siblings and everything else in their lives. Readers will also like the fantastic illustrations that will make them happier or just put smiles on their faces. 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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