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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, abacus, and math classes are taught in Mandarin with a fee to facilitate a Chinese immersion environment.

  • Please Note:
    **Books and Me Library will be closed from Monday 6/11/2018 to Tuesday 6/19/2018 for summer break. The book return box will be sealed and cannot accept book returns. We will resume our regular hours on Wednesday, 6/20/2018.
    **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.

  • ***2018 SUMMER CLASS REGISTRATION STARTS NOW; offering Abacus, Cantonese, Math, Art, and Chinese Painting classes with a fee for children!

    Please read each class introduction carefully, then download the 2018 Summer 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.

    Please Note:
    *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!

  • Summer Middle School Math Camp

    This two-week camp focus on the most challenging topics of middle school math.

    Level 5/6: for incoming 5th or 6th graders. Topics will be 'Fractions' and 'Factors - including GCF and LCM'.

    Meet Monday to Friday, 7/23-7/27 and 7/30-8/3, from 4:20-6:00pm (100 minutes). Only 8 seats!

    Level 6/7: for incoming 6th to 8th graders. Topics will be 'Probabilities' and 'Preview of Algebra'.

    Meet Monday to Friday, 7/16-7/20 and 7/23-7/26, from 4:30-6:30pm (120 minutes). Only 8 seats!

  • Elementary Manga Math Camp

    This two-week camp will use the most interesting math curriculum - the Beast Academy's comic math! The textbooks are comic books! And the homeworks are like math games! Kids are going to love this math class!

    Level 2/3: for incoming 2nd or 3rd graders. Meet Monday to Friday, 7/9-7/13 and 7/16-7/20, from 3:30-5:00pm (90 minutes). Only 8 seats!

    Level 3/4: for incoming 3rd to 4th graders. Meet Monday to Friday, 7/23-7/27and 7/30-8/3, from 3:30-5:00pm (90 minutes). Only 8 seats!

  • Summer 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!
    Summer classes are 1.5 hours long!

    Tuesday Classes start on 7/10:
    SABA21: 4:00-5:30
    SABA22: 5:30-7:00

    Saturday Classes start on 7/7
    SABA61: 2:00-3:30
    SABA62: 3:30-5:00

  • Summer 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.

    Session 1 will start on 7/7, with theme "Pastel and Oil Painting".
    Session 2 will start on 8/4, with theme "Water color".

    Three groups in the spring, please choose based on the age:

    Senior group (SWA61): 9:30-10:30, for 10+ years and older
    Kinder group (SWA62): 10:45-11:30, for 4-6 year olds.
    Junior group (SWA63): 11:45-12:30, for 7-9 year olds.

  • Clay Sculpture

    Session 1: 7/7-7/28
    Session 2: 8/4-8/25

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

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

  • Chinese Painting

    Session 1: 7/7-7/28
    Session 2: 8/4-8/25

    Chinese PaintingClass (CPTS): Saturday, 12:45-1:45

    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 6/23 and 7/28.

    CT61 (4-5year olds): Saturday, 9:55-10:40starting on 6/23 and 7/28.

  • 2018 Summer "Let's Sing Chinese" Music Circle Time

    Saturday session (MCT6): 10:30-11:15, starts on 6/23!.

    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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  • 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
    **Please Note: 6/5/2018 will be the last Toddler's story time before the summer break.This event will resume on 7/17/2018. You can sign up on 7/10/2018.

    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
    **Please Note: 6/9/2018 will be the last story time before the summer break. We will resume the story time on 7/21/2018.
    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 - Dragon Boat Festival

    Suggested Reading List (Chinese editions):

    Book: The Wandering Poet
    Written by: Lin, Liang

    Qu Yuan (c. 340278 BC) was a Chinese poet and minister who lived during the Warring States period of ancient China. However, King Huai (reigned 328299 BC) exiled Qu Yuan to the region north of the Han River, because corrupt ministers slandered him and influenced the king. During his exile, he spent much of this time collecting legends and rearranging folk odes while traveling the countryside. Furthermore, he wrote some of the greatest poetry in Chinese literature and expressed deep concerns about his state. Popular legend has it that villagers desperately tried to save Qu Yuan after he immersed himself in the Miluo River but were too late to do so. In order to keep fish away from his body, they beat drums and splashed the water with their paddles, and also threw rice into the water to distract the fish away. The act to search for his body in boats gradually became the cultural tradition of dragon boat racing, held on the anniversary of his death every year. Since then Qu Yuan is treated as "China's first patriotic poet". The festival series includes different styles of illustrations, prints, and paper art, allowing children to experience the beauty of the classics. Traditional Chinese with Zhu-Yin. Ages 5-up.

    Book: The Legend of the White Snake
    Written by: Jin Xien, Ma
    The Legend of the White Snake, also known as Madame White Snake, is a Chinese legend. In the lake, there is a white snake spirit who has been practicing Taoist magical arts in the hope of becoming an immortal after centuries of training and cultivation. She eats the pills and gains 500 years' worth of magical powers. She meets a man: Xu Xian and their fates become intertwined. However, during the Dragon Boat Festival, the white snake drinks realgar wine and reveals her true form as a large white snake. Over the centuries, the legend has evolved from a horror tale to a romance story. This festival series will lead children get into the Chinese folk world. The ancient and beautiful festival stories are told with wonder characters and unforgettable origins. Traditional Chinese with Zhu-Yin. Kids 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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