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  • Books and Me Library Special Announcement:

    **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.

  • Math Parent Information Night

    Books and Me Library will hold a Math Information Night for parents on Wednesday, September 13 at 7:00-8:00pm to introduce our math curriculum. The topic will also include how to choose math enrichment programs for K-8 students. Parents can also meet our three math teachers to ask questions. Each participating family will get a $20 tuition credit coupon for our 2017-18 classes. Click here to register!


    Please read each class introduction carefully, then download the 2017 FALL 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!

  • NEW! Algebra 1 for Middle Schoolers

    Taught by professional high school math teacher, this class will use a highly rated Algebra textbook to introduce students the concepts of Algebra 1 and provide enough practice to master the problem solving skills in order to be successful in future high school math. The class will meet on Thursday evening:

    ALG: 5:00-6:30 (90 minutes), starting on 9/16; for 8th and 7th graders who have completed Pre Algebra course.

  • NEW! 6th Grade Singapore Math

    Considered the most famous and most effective elementary math curriculum in the world, Singapore Math focus on the understanding of concepts and reinforce the learning with different level of practice questions. Our newest 6th grade level will meet on Thursday evening:

    SNM6 (Level 6): 5:00-6:20 (80 minutes), starting on 9/16; for 6th or 5th graders.

  • NEW! Singapore Math

    Considered the most famous and most effective elementary math curriculum in the world, Singapore Math focus on the understanding of concepts and reinforce the learning with different level of practice questions. This fall, we will open two levels on Saturdays:

    SNM2 (Level 2): 11:45-12:45, starting on 9/16; for 2nd graders.
    SNM3 (Level 3): 1:00-2:00, starting on 9/16; for 3rd graders.

  • Fall 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 fall, the first session will focus on 'Birds and Flowers', and the second session will be 'Autumn and Winter Themes'.

    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: 9/9-10/21
    Session 2: 10/28-12/16

    Clay Class (CLAY): Saturday, 2:15-3:15

    For 6 years and older! Parents are welcome to register as well.

  • FALL 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!

    Fall Abacus are going back to 1 hour per meeting.

    Saturday Classes start on 8/26, with new time:
    ABA61: 2:15-3:15
    ABA62: 3:15-4:15
    Tuesday Classes start on 8/29:
    ABA21: 3:30-4:30
    ABA22: 4:30-5:30
    ABA23: 5:30-6:30
    ABA24: 6:30-7:30

  • FALL 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.

    New! Tuesday Session PC21: 10:10-11:00, starting on 9/12

    Monday Session (PC11): 10:10-11:00, starting on 9/11
    Saturday session (PC61): 12:10-1:00, starting on 9/9

  • NEW! 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:

    CT61 (6-8 year olds): Saturday, 9:00-9:45,starting on 9/9。
    CT62 (4-5year olds): Saturday, 9:55-10:40,starting on 9/9。

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

    Saturday session (MCT6): 10:30-11:15, starts on 9/9!.

    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 AND Wednesday Baby/Toddler Story Time **11:00-11:30am**
    Please Note: Great News! To respond to our members' request, we will have TUESDAY Story time starting on 9/12/2017 for 6 weeks.
    For Tuesday Story Time, please sign up here.
    We still hold the Wednesday Story Time and please sign up here.

    Suitable for children aged 6 month to 3 year-old and parent/guardian participation is required.
    ** The space is limited to 20 babies and open to all Books and Me members but weekly sign-up is required. Please Sign up here now.

  • *Free Saturday Story Time: 11:30am to NOON
    Please Note: We will not have story time on 9/2 due to Labor Day long weekend but please come on 9/9.
    For children 3 year-old and older. All members are welcomed to join us but sign-up online is required. Sign up Here.

  • 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: Frederick
    Written by: Leo Lionni

    Winter is coming, all the field mice are working hard to gather food, but, Frederick seems to daydream all the time. When the days grow short and the snow begins to fall, itís the colors, scents and other beautiful things which Frederick gathered in summer to warm the hearts and spirits of his fellow field mice. Winner of a 1967 Caldecott Honor. This book introduces the value of poetry and spiritual food to readers of all ages with timeless illustrations. Traditional Chinese with Zhu-Yin. Kids 5-up.

    Book: Here Comes the Bus
    Written by: Fumiko Takeshita
    Here Comes the Bus! All aboard, all aboard! The bus takes off from the train station, goes along the way along the way through supermarket, school, hospital, pet shop, temple. The bus goes across the city and countryside, from the day and to the dark, all readers take the bus and experience the adventure with the passengers too! A delightful, classic picture book with humanities and science. 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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