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  • Books and Me Library Special Announcement:

    **All check-out procedures have to be completed 15 minutes before closing time.
    **Books and Me Library will be closed from 7/2 to 7/15/2016 for inventory and will reopen on Saturday, 7/16/2016.

    **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!!

    **Thanks for our members' generosity, our books and Audio/Visual materials are exceeding what our space allow. Due to the limitation of our space and staff, we can only take new and slightly used books, CD's and VCD's.We can no longer take cassette tapes or VHS tapes, or old books that were published before year of 2006. When donating, please contact our librarians for details. If you come with donating items, there will be a possibility that you will need to bring them back if we cannot take them. Thanks for your understanding.

    **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.

  • 2016 Spring Classes start registration!

    Please carefully read each class introduction by clicking on the hyperlink, then download the 2016 Spring 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!

  • 2016 Spring Classes Introduction:

  • NEW! Getting Ready for Middle School Math Class Spring 2016:

    For the first time, Bay Area well known teacher/PhD in Math from UC Berkeley, Dr. Tong Zou, opens a math class for elementary students! The class will review all key math concepts in elementary school to prepare for more advnaced middle school math curriculum, and also build foundation for math competition. Class will focus on number sense and thinking logic, instead of drills of computation. For 5-6 graders, 4th graders and below will need to take a placement test. Classes will start on Thursday, 1/14 at 4:30-6:00pm.

  • NEW! Preschool Math Concept Class:

    Custom designed for preschoolers (4-5), this class will focus on the understanding of numbers, especially the relationship between numbers and the place value in the decimal system. There will be no homework, no pressure. A great introductory class for kids before taking on math computation training, like Abacus or traditional math. Classes will start on Tuesday, 1/12 at 3:30-4:20pm.

  • Chinese Painting for Family Class Spring 2016:

    New 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 Spring 2016:

    Teacher Tseng will cover three themes this spring: Drawing People, Wild Animals, and Waterfall Landscape! Classes will start on 1/9/2016.

    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 hrs)

  • 2016 Spring Abacus Class
    **All classes accept new students**
    Saturday Classes start on 1/9/2016 :
    (ABA61): 2:00-3:00
    (ABA62): 3:00-4:00
    Tuesday Classes start on 1/12/2016 :
    (ABA21): 4:30-5:30
    (ABA22): 5:30-6:30
    (ABA23): 6:30-7:30

    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.

  • 2016 Spring Preschool Chinese Class

    Monday Session (PC11): 10:10-11:00, starting on 1/11/2016
    Saturday session (PC61): 12:10-1:00, starting on 1/9/2016
    Saturday session (PC62): 1:05-1:55, starting on 1/9/2016.

    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.

  • 2016 Spring "Let's Sing Chinese" Music Circle Time

    Wednesday session (MCT31): 9:30-10:15, starts on 1/13/2016!

    Saturday session (MCT62): 10:30-11:15, starts on 1/16/2016!.

    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

    Please check back this website on 6/22 for the last story time before this summer break on 6/29!
    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
    PLEASE NOTE: 6/4 is the last Saturday story time before our summer break starts. The Fall storytime will resume in August.
    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: Guji Guji
    Written by: Chih-Yuan Chen

    A big grey egg rolls right into Mother Duck's nest. Her hatchings include 3 normal ones and a rather unusual, crocodile-shaped youngster, named after his first words: Guji Guji . Guji Guji is different but Mother Duck doesn't make a big deal of it, neither do the siblings. This book is about appreciating families and differences. The unique story helps kids think about who they really are inside and not be defined by what others say. A must-have for any children collection. Traditional Chinese with Zhu-Yin. Ages 4-up.

    Book: Max's Bedtime (Max and Ruby)
    Written by: Rosemary Wells
    Max can't sleep without his red rubber elephant, so his older sister Ruby tries to give him substitutes, including a snake. In the end, Max finds his elephant, and tucks in Ruby, who has fallen asleep. Such a sweet story of sharing between siblings. Max books have great appeal to small children, few words make it easy for preschoolers even to read the story themselves. Traditional Chinese with Zhu-Yin. Ages 2-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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