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 email@example.com or call us for benefits and details.
***2018 "FALL" CLASS REGISTRATION STARTS NOW;
Please read each class introduction carefully, then download the 2018 FALL Class Registration Form. Fill out the information and bring the form and your check (made payable to Zhaoyu Cultural Foundation', to our Library to register for classes.
*All classes are open only to our members, 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.
- 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. Parents/guardians need to wait in the reading room during the class, but not to be present inside the classroom.
Monday Session, starting on 8/20.
Saturday Sessions, starting on 8/18:
- Fall 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 1 will start on 9/8, with theme "Solute to Masters".
Session 2 will start on 10/27, with theme "Fall & Winter Theme".
Five groups in the fall, 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.
- Fall Clay Sculpture
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.
Session 1: 9/28-10/20
Session 2: 10/27-12/15
Clay Class (CLAY): Saturday, 2:15-3:15
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 speake. We will have two groups this fall.
Class will meet on Saturday morning:
CT62 (6-8 year olds): Saturday, 9:00-9:45starting on 9/8 and 10/27.
CT61 (4-5year olds): Saturday, 9:55-10:40starting on 9/8 and 10/27.
- 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!
Tuesday Classes start on 9/11:
Saturday Classes start on 9/8
- 2018 Fall "Let's Sing Chinese" Music Circle Time
Saturday session (MCT6): 10:30-11:15
Session 1 starts on 9/8!
Session 2 starts on 10/20!
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. Please note: this class only can take 10 children instead of 12 due to the classroom size. Parent/Guardian participation required!
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and schedule changes.
- 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 aged 6 month to 3 year-old and open to all members. Parents/guardian participation and weekly sign-up are required.
sign up here.
Free Saturday Mandarin Story Time: 11:30am to 12:00pm
Members can sign up NOW!
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:
4600 El Camino Real,
Los Altos, CA 94022
Tel: 650-941-4379 , Email: firstname.lastname@example.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
email@example.com. You only can renew once per item.
Library Theme - Self-recognition
Suggested Reading List (Chinese editions):
| Book: A Quiet Tale
Written by: Samuil Marshak
This tale you will read Quietly, quietly, quietly...The whole hedgehog family goes for a walk, at night along the tracks. But in the darkness, in the silence of night, two wolves can't sleep. Now go on looting. Quiet step wolves... This Russian children poetry is quiet, subtle and thought provoking . Good for parents and kids to read quietly, enjoy this special, quality bed time story. Traditional Chinese with Zhu-Yin. CD attached. Great for kids 4-up.
Escape from the Zoo!
Written by: Piotr and Josef Wilkon
All the animals escape from the zoo, and it seems there is nothing old Matthew, the zookeeper can do to bring them back. Then he wakes up and finds the animals safe in their cages; but what is this souvenir in the lion's cage? Not much plot in the story, but the details are imaginatively developed, especially in the illustrations, rendered in pastels with luminous white lines highlighting delectable night-muted colors and the cages' geometry as an elegant counterpoint to the action. Traditional Chinese with Zhu-Yin. Kids 4-up.
The success of Books & Me depends on your involvement. We
are looking for volunteers in many fields. Please write to firstname.lastname@example.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
Your junk can be a treasure for us. Please contact email@example.com for equipment
- 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.