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  • Books and Me Library Special Announcement:

    Please Note:
    Books and Me Library will be closed on Monday, September 7 for Labor Day.

    **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.
    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.

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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 and apply for a library card at Books and Me.

  • Wednesday Baby/Toddler Story Time 10:30-11:00am

    This event is suitable for babies and toddlers aged 6 month to 3 year-old, accompanied by a parent or guardian. Space limited to 20 babies.
    Due to limited space, this event is for library VIP members only! Online reservation is required. We apologize that your child will NOT be able to join the story time if you do not sign up even if you are a VIP member. Please Click here to sign up.

  • Saturday Story Time 11:30-Noon
    **for children 3 year-old and older.

    All members are welcomed to sign up to join us. 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 -Halloween

    Suggested Reading List (Chinese editions):

    Book: The Widow's Broom
    Written by: Chris Van Allsburg

    A witch flying on her broom. The broom loses its magic to fly, and makes the witch tumble and lands in an old woman: Minna Shaw's garden. Minna takes the witch into her house, and at midnight, the witch left with her wounds all healed. The witch left her old broom there, since it doesn't fly anymore. Then she sees that the broom sweeps the floors by itself. After Minna gets used to it, she teaches the broom how to do other tasks, like feeding the chickens, chop wood, fetch water, bring the cows from the pastures, and to even play the piano. However, her neighbors see the broom as evil and want to destroy it! The Widow's Broom is a fabulous tale of magic, witchcraft and companionship. The twist ending makes the story all the sweeter. Traditional Chinese with Zhu-Yin. Ages 4-up.

    Book: Alice Nizzy Nazzy: The Witch of Santa Fe
    Written by:Tony Johnston
    Little Manuela is searching for her lost sheep. She has to go to Alice Nizzy Nazzy's talking, road-runner-footed, adobe house and to convince the witch to give the flock back. The witch puts Manuela in the cookpot, but her "goodness" saves her: only naughty children are tasty to witches. Alice flies off in search of a better meal and Manuela happily takes her sheep home. Another fun story for Halloween. 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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