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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.


  • 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.

  • ***Register 2019 SUMMER classes NOW ! You can download 2019 SUMMER REGISTRATION FORM here! Register summer classes by 4/30/2019 , you can enjoy a $15 off $150 tuition discount per child! Please contact our librarians for details!

    Please read each class introduction carefully, then download the SUMMER Class Registration Form. Fill out the information and bring the form and cash or check (payable to Zhaoyu Cultural Foundation) , to our Library to register for classes.

    *All classes are open to our members only, and require parent participation or present 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.

  • SUMMER Wonderful Art Class

    Professional art teacher will lead your children to focus on various art media (watercolor, charcoal, pastel) in 3 different sessions and improve their drawing skills. Students will be assigned to different class time by teacher according their age and skills!

    - Watercolor 5/25, 6/1, 6/8
    - Patel 6/15, 6/22, 6/29
    - Sketch 7/13, 7/20

  • Summer Clay Sculpture
    Love Play Dough? Come learn the technique of sculpture with real clay! Hands on activities great for children to show their creativity and improve fine motor skills!

    CLAY61: Saturdays, 1:30-2:30pm (For Beginners!)
    CLAY62: Saturdays , 2:45-3:45pm (For returning students)

  • SUMMER Mental Math and Abacus Class

    Plan to improve your child's math skills and learn to focus in 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 mental math and gain confidence all the way up!

    There are 6 class meetings and each meeting runs for 1.5 hours!

    Tuesday Classes start on 6/18:
    SABA21: 4:00-5:30pm
    SABA22: 5:30-7:00pm

    Saturday Classes start on 6/15
    SABA61: 2:00-3:30pm
    SABA62: 3:30-5:00pm

  • Cantonese for Young Children

    Instructed by professional teacher who is also a native Cantonese speaker. Class will meet on Saturday mornings. Summer classes will have two sessions that start on 6/1 and 7/13 respectively:

    CT61 (4-8 year olds): Saturday, 9:55-10:40.
    CT62 (6-10 year olds): Saturday, 9:00-9:45am
    CT63 (4-8 year olds): Saturday, 10:45-11:30 (For Beginners!)


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

    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! Great beginning Mandarin immersion experience for toddlers. A new topic every week covering basic concepts and Chinese terms. 10 children Maximum Parent/Guardian participation required!

    Saturday session (SMCT6): 10:30-11:15
    Starts on 6/1/2019


  • Summer AMC8/Mathcount Special Bootcamp

    Teacher Haiying Li, with degrees from Beijing University and Stanford University, will offer a special competition math bootcamp in the summer. Come boost your math skill in a short time.

    Date: 7/11-8/1, Thursdays, four weeks
    Time:
    AMC81: 6:00-7:15pm
    AMC82: 7:20-8:35pm

  • Summer Elementart Math Tutoring

    Don't want to commit to long summer math classes but want to maintain the math skills? Teacher Alice Lai will offer pay by weeks tutoring in the summer. You can bring your own textbooks or materials to work on it, or Teacher Lai will provide practices from Singapore Math curriculum. She will offer immediate onsite help if students have questions.

    Date: 6/25-8/10, Saturdays
    Note: minimum four weeks, tutoring weeks must be specified upon registration and paid all together. No drop ins are allowed.

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  • 2019 Spring Class Schedule: Download 2019 SPRING REGISTRATION FORM here!


  • NEW! AoPS Accelrated Pre Algebra

    This is a fast paced course that will cover key topics in Art of Problem Solving's PreAlgebra curriculum in 18 weeks. It is for 6th or 7th graders who want to learn more challenging math, plan to attend math competitions, or plan to take more advanced math courses at schools. Class will start on 1/12/2019.

    PALG6: Saturdays, 2:15-3:45

    Please note that students will need to take a Singapore Math level 5 placement test to qualify before taking this class. If students do not pass, we recommend students wait until Fall 2019 or can take Singapore Math level 5 first.

  • Singapore Math Series

    Considered one of the most effective math curriculum in the world, Singapore Math help students build a solid math foundation through clear math concept and critical practices. The elementary series are for elementary school students grade 2 and above. Classes start on 1/12/2019. Please choose by level.

    Level 4(SNM4): 1:00-2:00 for 4th graders or advanced 2nd or 3rd graders

    Level 5(SNM5): 10:45-11:45 for 5th graders or advanced 3rd or 4th graders

    Kindergarteners through 2nd graders are recommended to take the mental math and Abacus class first.

  • 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. Parents/guardians need to wait in the reading room during the class, but not to be present inside the classroom.

    Monday Session, starting on 1/14/19
    PC11: 10:10-11:00,

    Saturday Sessions, starting on 1/12/19:
    PC61: 12:10-1:00
    PC62: 1:10-2:00

  • 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 3 starts on 4/6 with them "European Street-scape"


    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.

  • Spring Clay Sculpture

    Saturday, 2:15-3:15

    Love Play Dough? Come learn the technique of sculpture with real clay! Hands on activities great for children who are tired of sit-and-listen lectures.
    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 speaker. Class will meet on Saturday mornings. Spring classes will have two sessions that start on 1/12 and 3/26 respectively :

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

  • Mental Math and Abacus Class

    Plan to improve your child's math skills and learn to focus 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 1/14:
    ABA21: 3:30-4:30
    ABA22: 4:30-5:30
    ABA23: 5:30-6:30
    ABA24: 6:30-7:30

    Saturday Classes start on 1/12
    ABA61: 2:15-3:15
    ABA62: 3:15-4:15
    ABA63: 4:15-5:15

  • Spring "Let's Sing Chinese" Music Circle Time

    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! Great beginning Mandarin immersion experience for toddlers. A new topic every week covering basic concepts and Chinese terms. 10 children Maximum Parent/Guardian participation required!

    Saturday session (MCT6): 10:30-11:15
    Session 1 starts on 1/19!
    Session 2 starts on 3/23!


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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 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.

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  • FREE TUESDAY Baby/Toddler ALL Mandarin Story Time and Songs, 11:00-11:30am
    Suitable for children and babies 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 Mandarin Story Time: 11:30am to 12:00pm
    Children's stories told in Mandarin ONLY 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:
    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-awareness

    Suggested Reading List (Chinese editions):


    Book: Findus Rules the Roost
    Written by: Sven Nordqvist

    Old man Pettson has ten hens in his hen house. Findus the cat often teases them and plays chase with them around the yard. The chickens are Findusí best friends, second only to Pettson. But one day, Pettson brings home a rooster. The rooster is loud, and does not want Findus to play with the hens. In fact the rooster chases him away! Findus is unhappy and his ears are aching, but what can he do? Find out what happens next. The friendly, fun story is perfect for reading aloud to children from four years of age. Traditional Chinese with Zhu-Yin. Ages 4-up.


    Book: Curious Duck Babies
    Written by: Kanari Masako
    Mother duck wants to take her seven duck babies to the pool. Mother duck tells everyone to look straight, but the curious duck babies follow the chicken mother searching for worms; mother duck asks dick babies follow the footprints, but duck babies go to play with moles digging a hole...... How can the duck mother lead her duck babies go to the pool? An interesting story that describes baby kids use their sensory to learn and experience the surroundings. Kids are like curious duck babies which have their own ways of exploring the world. 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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