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 temporarily closed starting Monday, 3/9/2020 in response to members' concerns and our abundant precautions over Corona Virus spread. We have started online classes via Zoom for Abacus, Preschool Chinese, Cantonese and Art classes with fee. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need further information. We apologize for any inconvenience and stay healthy!
- 2020 SUMMER Class Registration Starts NOW!
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, our classes are now taught online throughout this summer. You can email us to find out more details. To register, please fill out the online registration form for Summer classes here!
Please read each class introduction carefully by clicking the name of the class, then fill out the Summer online Class Registration Form.
*All classes are open to our members only, and require parent participation or present when classes held 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.
- 2020 Summer Wonderful Art Class
Class now offered via Zoom
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. 4 class meetings each session
Session 1 - Watercolor : 6/6 - 6/27
Session 2 - Crayon and Pastel : 7/11 - 8/1
Session 3 - Sketch: 8/8 - 8/29
Classes divided by age and skills:
Senior group (WA61): 9:30-10:30, for 8-13 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): 12:45-1:45, for 7-10 year olds.
Advance group (WA65): 3:45-5:15, for 10 years and older; Invitations Only.
Portfolio Group (WAPOR) : 5:15-7:15 for High School students ONLY
- SUMMER Kindergarten Chinese Class
All NEW curriculum and teaching method for your 4.5-6 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.
Class meets on Saturdays only.
KC61: 12:10 -1:00 pm
6/6-8/29/2020, 12 class meetings
- Summer Cantonese for Young Children
Instructed by professional teacher who is also a native Cantonese speaker.
Class will meet on Saturday mornings. 6/6-8/29, 12 class meetings:
CT62 (6 year olds and above): 9:00-9:45
CT61 (4-6 year olds): 9:55-10:40
CT63 (4-8 year-olds): 10:45-11:30
- Summer Mental Math and Abacus Class
Plan to improve your child's math skills and learn to focus this 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 math and gain confidence all the way up!
Tuesday Classes 7/7-8/25:
Saturday Classes start on 7/11-8/29
ABA63: 4:15-5:15 *For Beginner Students*
- Spring AoPS Middle School Math
This is a fast-paced course that will cover key topics in Art of Problem Solving's PreAlgebra and Algebra curriculum. The contents are much more advanced than regular middle school math. This class is for 6th to 8th graders who want to learn more challenging math, plan to attend math competitions, or plan to take more advanced math courses at schools. All students will need to take a placement test to qualify before taking this class. Class will start on 1/11/2020.
PALG6 (PreAlgebra): Saturday, 12:35-1:50 pm
ALG61 (Algebra): Saturday, 2:00-3:30 pm
ALG62 (Algebra): Saturday, 3:55-5:25 pm
- Some Spring Classes still have space for new students:
2020 Spring Wonderful Art Class
Session 3: Illustration 4/25 -5/30
Spring Mental Math and Abacus Class
Tuesday Class: 4/14 - 6/16
Saturday Class: 4/18-6/20
- 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 check out library items. Please read our library policy carefully.
**To apply for a library card , please bring your ID with updated address and apply in person at our library to receive the library card on the same day OR apply online and email a proof of California Residency to email@example.com to complete the application and need to pick up the library card later in person
**VIP Membership: Make a donation (min. $40/year) every year to receive borrowing privilege and priority in class registration; and help Books and Me Library provide better service to our community. Please fill out the form here .
or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
**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 ONLINE Story Time and Songs, 11:00-11:30am
Suitable for children and babies aged 9 month to 4 year-old and open to all members. Parents/guardian participation and weekly sign-up are required.
Due to the time length of the lockdown and the pandemic, Books and Me Library decided to offer our members only the online story time with Teacher Jenny via Zoom. Please sign up here by 5:00 pm each Monday! For internet security, we will email you a new link each week to the Zoom Meeting by end of Monday night.
Free Saturday Mandarin Story Time: 11:30-Noon. *Online NEW TIME*
Children's stories told in Mandarin ONLY for children 3 year and older. All members are welcomed to join us but sign-up online is required.
Due to the prolonged Coronavirus lock down, Book and Me Library decided to offer free online Mandarin Story Time with Teacher Sharon via Zoom.
Please sign up here by 5:00pm Each Friday. We will email a new Zoom Link every week to the parents who sign up by Friday night.
- Library Operating Hours:
4600 El Camino Real,
Los Altos, CA 94022
Tel: 650-941-4379 , Email: email@example.com
- 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
firstname.lastname@example.org. You only can renew once per item.
Library Theme - Self-recognition
Suggested Reading List (Chinese editions):
| Book: Rosie the Cool Cat
Written by: Piotr Wilkon
The kittens of the cats Casper and Carolina have always been black. Then, along comes Rosie, an orange offspring. "Crazy Rosie" does everything different from her siblings; she even plays with mice and sleeps outside with the dog. Realizing that she doesn't fit in, Rosie runs away......; This story tells kids that itís fine to be different. Be confident in your own uniqueness, but also be open-minded and empathize with others' differences.
Traditional Chinese with Zhu-Yin. Ages 5-up.
|| Book: Big Elephants
Written by: Huh, Eun-Mi
Elephants are so big, they eat much, poo and pee a lot. Elephants are kind-hearted, they walk slowly to avoid stepping on small animals. Elephants' noses are so powerful, they use their noses to say hello, pick apples from the tree, and play games. Elephants are the largest yet people friendly creature on land. The book was written for children but adults learn about elephants as well. Traditional Chinese with Zhu-Yin. Ages 3-up.
The success of Books & Me depends on your involvement. We
are looking for volunteers in many fields. Please write to email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com.