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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 closed from 7/1/2019 (Monday)to 7/6/2019 (Friday) for summer break. We will resume our regular hours on Monday, 7/8. During this period, our book return box will be closed as well due to the length of the break.

  • 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! 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!

    3 sessions in summer:
    CLAY61: Saturdays, 1:45-2:45pm (updated class time)
    Session 1: 5/25, 6/1, 6/8
    Session 2: 6/15, 6/22, 6/29
    Session 3: 7/13, 7/20

    CLAY62: Saturdays , 2:45-3:45 pm (cancelled)

  • 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
    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. This class offers to children Grade 3 to 5.

    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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  • 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.


  • 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.
    **The Baby/Toddler Story Time is taking a break in summer and will resume on 8/6 after the break.**
    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.
    ** The Mandarin Story Time will take a break during the summer and will resume on 8/17 after break.**
    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: Gilberto and the Wind
    Written by: Marie Hall Ets

    The wind blows all around Gilberto, Gilberto plays with the wind: though it takes his balloon and won't fly his kite, which can be frustrating, it races him, carries his bubbles, blows his pinwheel,and sails his paper boat. And it scares him at times. The book tells of the boy's one day adventure playing with the wind and what they do on that windy day. Throughout the story, the wind expresses many moods -- playful, capricious, stormy, and finally quiescent. Children would really enjoy this book which can help with their imagination the same way Gilberto explores his. Traditional Chinese with Zhu-Yin. Kids 4-up.

    Book: What Makes Me Happy?
    Written by: Laurence Anholt
    What makes you happy or mad, busy or bored? The book explores children's different emotions through their own eyes, using simple rhymes and evocative illustrations. Young readers will recognize and relish all the ups and downs of childhood portrayed with bouncing verse and rollicking watercolors in this lively book. Kids deal with new emotions every day, the book is applicable to a wide age range even into the primary school years. A truly delightful children's book, teaching concepts about emotions that are difficult for a child to understand. 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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