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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call us for benefits and details.
- 2019 Fall Class Registration Starts NOW! Please ask librarians for further information. You can download FALL REGISTRATION FORM here.
Please read each class introduction carefully, then download the Fall Class Registration Form and check each box on the form to complete the registration. Fill out the information and bring the form and cash or check (payable to Zhaoyu Cultural Foundation) , to our Library to register for classes.
*All classes are open to our members only, 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 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 -Ocean World : Starts on 8/17
Session 2 -Still Life : Starts on 10/5
Session 3 - Fall and Winter Themes: Starts on 11/9
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): 12:45-1:45, for 6-8 year olds.
Advance group (WA65): 3:45-5:15, for 10+ year olds.
Portfolio Group (WAPOR) : 5:15-7:15 for High School students ONLY
- 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. For 6 years and older! Parents are welcome to register as well.
Session 1: Starts on 8/17
Session 2: Starts on 10/5
Session 3: Starts on 11/9
- 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.
Tuesday Sessions, starts on 8/20/19 , 10/15
PC21: 10:10-11:00 am
Saturday Sessions, starting on 8/17/19, 10/19:
PC61: 11:50am -12:40 pm ¡]For beginners)
PC62: 12:50- 1:40 pm (For Mandarin speakers or some exposure to Mandarin)
- Fall Cantonese for Young Children
Instructed by professional teacher who is also a native Cantonese speaker.
Class will meet on Saturday mornings. Fall classes will have two sessions that start on 8/17 and 10/19 respectively :
CT62 (6-8 year olds): 9:00-9:45
CT61 (4-5year olds): 9:55-10:40
CT63 (4-8 year-olds): 10:45-11:30
- Mental Math and Abacus Class
Plan to improve your child's math skills and learn to focus 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 8/20, 10/8:
Saturday Classes start on 8/17, 10/12
- Fall "Let's Sing Chinese" Music Circle Time
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! Great beginning Mandarin immersion experience for toddlers. A new topic every week covering basic concepts and Chinese terms. 10 children Maximum Parent/Guardian participation required!
Saturday session (MCT6): 10:50-11:35 am *NEW TIME*
Session 1 starts on 8/17!
Session 2 starts on 10/12!
- Singapore Math
Singapore Math is considered one of the most effective math curriculum in the world. The textbook series explains math concepts clearly and offer practices with word questions. They offer different levels of difficulty that suit different needs of various students. This is a one year curriculum and students are expected to continue in the spring semester.
Classes will be held on Mondays, start on 8/19 with three levels:
SNM3 (level 3): 3:20-4:10 pm
SNM4 (level 4): 4:20-5:20 pm
SNM5 (level 5): 5:30-6:30 pm
- AoPS Competition 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 8/17/2019.
PALG6 (PreAlgebra): Saturday, 12:45-2:00 pm
ALG61 (Algebra): Saturday, 2:05-3:35 pm
ALG62 (Algebra): Saturday, 3:55-5:25 pm
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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 and babies aged 6 month to 3 year-old and open to all members.
**The Baby/Toddler Story Time is taking a break in summer and will resume on 8/20/2019 after the break.**
Parents/guardian participation and weekly sign-up are required.
Please sign up here
Free Saturday Mandarin Story Time: 10:15 am to 10:45 am *NEW TIME*
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: 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 - Lunar July
Suggested Reading List (Chinese editions):
| Book: The Cowherd and the Weaver Girl
Written by: Hui Guang Cai
The Cowherd and the Weaver Girl is a Chinese folk tale. It is a love story between Zhinu (the weavergirl, ) and Niulang (the cowherd). Their love is not allowed, thus they are banished to the opposite sides of the heavenly river. Once a year, on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month, a flock of magpies would form a bridge to reunite the lovers for one day. People have celebrated it as the Qixi Festival since the Han dynasty The "Chinese Folk Festival Stories" series includes twenty-five books. Great for kids to read the Chinese legends and learn traditional cultures represented by the folktales. Traditional Chinese with Zhu-Yin. Ages 4-up.
|| Book: The Water Ghost: Cheng Huang
Written by: Ang Li
A rich man is framed and thrown into the river and to become a Water Ghost. The Water Ghost wants to be a human again but his newly-made friend: a kind fisherman always brakes his plan. The emperor of dead souls: Yen Lo Wang has been watching and has noticed the kindness and generosity of the Water Ghost. He praises of the Water Ghost, promotes him to be a "Town God"; The "HuoJinGu Folk Story Picture Books" Series includes the most famous six Taiwan folktales. Kids get to read these intriguing stories and also learn the traditional Chinese cultures represented by the stories. Traditional Chinese with Zhuyin, attached with a bilingual CD of Taiwanese and mandarin. Ages 4-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.