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  • Books and Me Library Special Announcement:

    Please Note:
    **All check-out procedures have to be completed 15 minutes before closing time.

    **To celebrate Thanksgiving Holiday, Books and Me Library will be closed early at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, 11/25/2015 and remain closed till Saturday, 11/28/2015. Due to long weekend, the book return box will be closed at 3:00 pm on 11/25. Please return your library items accordingly and we apologize for any inconvenience. Library will resume regular hours on Monday, 11/30/2015.
    **It will be greatly appreciated if you can reserve enough time to browse and borrow our library materials when visiting the library.
    Thank you very much for your cooperation!!

    **If you would like to upgrade to VIP members, please contact our librarians through email at librarian@zhaoyu.org or call us for details such as updated VIP membership fee ($30.00) and benefits.

  • SAT Chinese Boot Camp SStarts on 9/20

    SAT Subject Test: Chinese Language with Listening will be held on 11/7. The test only offered once in a year. Compared to AP Chinese, SAT Chinese is relatively easier. However, the scores depend on not only your current level, but also the skills to take the test. Books and Me Library will launch a 7-week boot camp starting on 9/20: every week one mock test is conducted and followed by two hours of instructions. You determine the number of sessions you need and pay accordingly. For more information about the SAT Chinese Bootcamp, please click >here!

  • 2015 FALL Classes start registration!

    Please carefully read each class introduction by clicking on the hyperlink, then download the 2015 Fall Class Registration Form. Read through the terms and conditions and fill out the information and bring the form and your payment to Books and Me Library to register in person for fall classes. All classes are open only to our members, and require parent participation or accompany.

    Most classes are taught mainly in Mandarin, but all teachers are bilingual. Class sizes are small and filled out soon. Some popular classes sold out in one week, so register now to get your spot!

  • 2015 Fall Classes Introduction:

  • Chinese Painting for Family Class Fall 2015:

    Newest class from Books and Me. Teacher Tseng will start from the very beginning of paint brush holding, inking, and guide the students step by step to learn the basics of Chinese painting. No experieced required. Welcome kids 7 years and older and their family, either attend on their own or as a parent and me pair. Classes will start on 9/12 at 2:30-3:15pm.

  • Wonderful Art Fall 2015:

    Teacher Tseng will cover three themes this fall: Ocrean and Beach, Impressionism, and Winter Theme! Classes will start on 9/12.

    Five groups to choose from, please choose according to the age:

    Age 8+ group (WA61): 9:30-10:30 (1 hour class)
    Age 4-5 group (WA62): 10:45-11:30.
    Age 5+ group (WA63): 11:45-12:30.
    Age 6+ group (WA64): 12:45-1:30.
    Age 10+ group(WA65): 3:30-5:00. (1.5 hours class)

  • 2015 Fall Abacus Class
    **All classes accept new students**
    Saturday (ABA61): 2:00-3:00, starting on 9/19.
    Saturday (ABA62): 3:00-4:00, starting on 9/19.

    Tuesday (ABA21): 3:30-4:30, starting on 9/15.
    Tuesday (ABA22): 4:30-5:30, starting on 9/15.
    Tuesday (ABA23): 5:30-6:30, starting on 9/15.
    Tuesday (ABA24): 6:30-7:30, starting on 9/15.

    Best Way to learn Math and explore Math for beginners! In this weekly class, kids learn clear concept of numbers and place value as well as faster computation through the help of abacus beads. Class is designed for 5-8 years old first-time learners of Abacus.

  • 2015 Fall Preschool Chinese Class

    Monday Session (PC11): 10:10-11:00, starting on 9/14.
    Saturday session (PC61): 12:10-1:00, starting on 9/12.
    Saturday session (PC62): 1:05-1:55, starting on 9/12.

    All NEW curriculum and teaching method for your 3-6 years old! Learn to recognize characters between songs, rhymes, games, and stories! Class meets once every week. 100% Mandarin Immersion. Parent accompany required.

  • 2015 Fall "Let's Sing Chinese" Music Circle Time

    Wednesday session (MCT31): 9:30-10:15, starts on 9/9!

    Saturday session (MCT62): 10:30-11:15, starts on 9/12!.

    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!

  • 2015-2016 Piano Preparation Group Class

    A great beginning keyboard class for the first time learners aged 5-6 years old! Professional piano teacher, Ms. Lilian Chen will lead your kids to learn age-appropriate piano technique, basic singing, ear, and rhythm training, fundamental music theory, and individual and group performance training.

    Three levels per year. After the three levels, your kids will be ready for piano or violin private lessons. Each student will have a keyboard in the class to play. Very small class size - only 6 seats per class, so each student gets individual attention!

    Class meets from 4:15-5:10 on Saturday afternoon. ***Parent participation required.***

  • Piano Private Lessons

    One on one Piano Private Lessons are available with Ms. Lillian Chen, right at Books and Me Library. Email librarian@zhaoyu.org for details.

  • Sign-up for the Books & Me Mailing List and be notified of events 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 and apply for a library card at Books and Me.

  • Wednesday Baby/Toddler Story Time 10:30-11:00am
    **There will be no story time on 11/25/15 due to Thanksgiving Holiday. Please sign up for the 12/2/15 storytime on 11/25.

    This event is suitable for babies and toddlers accompanied by a parent or guardian. aged 6 month to 3 year-old, Space limited to 20 babies.
    We apologize that your child will NOT be able to join the story time if you do not sign up Please Click here to sign up.

  • Saturday Story Time 11:30-Noon
    for children 3 year-old and older.
    All members are welcomed to join us but sign-up online is required in order for us to prepare crafts and goodies. Please click here to sign up.

  • 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: The Pearl
    Written by: Helme Heine

    A happy Beaver finds a treasure, a freshwater pearl mussel. Without opening the mussel, he begins to dream about his animal friends' envy. Then, in the dream, the others insist on hunting for their own mussels. Beaver's bad dream makes him realize that such a treasure could stir the greed of his friends, causing a chain of environmentally disastrous events. A beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully written book for children. Some treasures are best left alone. Traditional Chinese with Zhu-yin. Ages 4-up.

    Book: Anno's Flea Market
    Written by: Mitsumasa Anno
    Depicts the treasures and trash of a flea market, one Saturday morning in the town square, as men, women, and children buy and sell everything imaginable. In a flea market you'll find oddly shaped washtubs and old typewriters on display, mirrors, crockery, cutlery, butter churns, bowls, china, musical instruments. The people buying and selling are just as varied, street vendors are selling roasted corn, roasted chestnuts, coffee, crepes, cotton candy. All sorts of small dramas are being played out if you look closely. This silent adventure has a lot more to do with the readers' own narratives, their imaginations, and powers of observation than with any particular story line. Traditional Chinese with Zhu-yin. Kids 3-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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