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  • Books and Me Library Special Announcement:

    **Make a donation (min. $30) and you can upgrade to VIP members! Please contact our librarians through email at librarian@zhaoyu.org or call us for benefits and details.

  • Please Note: In observance of Martin Luther King's Day, Books and Me Library will be closed on Monday, 1/16/2017. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  • ALL 2017 Spring Classes are open for registration NOW! You are welcomed to stop by our library to sign up classes and also take a look our newly renovated classrooms!

    -Please read each class introduction carefully, then download the 2017 Spring Class Registration Form. Fill out the information and bring the form and your payment to Books and Me Library to register for classes. All classes are open only to our members, and require parent participation or accompany. Most classes are taught in Mandarin, but all teachers are bilingual. Class sizes are small and filled out soon. So register now to get your spot!

  • Spring Clay Sculpture

    What is more fun than playing with water? Playing with water and dirt! Professional art teacher leads your child into the world of sculpture!

    For 6 years and older! Class meets on Saturday at 2:15-3:15pm, starting on January 14.

  • Spring 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.

    This spring, the first session will focus on 'Transportation Vehicles', and the second session will be 'Vegetables', followed by "Villages" in third session.

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

    Age 8-10 group (WA61): 9:30-10:30 (1 hour class)
    Age 4-5 group (WA62): 10:45-11:30.
    Age 5-6 group (WA63): 11:45-12:30.
    Age 6-7 group (WA64): 12:45-1:30.
    Advance (10+) group (WA65): 3:30-5:00.

  • 2017 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!

    Saturday Classes start on January 14:
    ABA61: 2:00-3:00
    ABA62: 3:00-4:00
    Tuesday Classes start on January 10:
    ABA22: 4:30-5:30
    ABA23: 5:30-6:30
    ABA24: 6:30-7:30

    Special Preschool Session accepting 3-4 year olds:
    ABA21: 3:30-4:30, will start on Tuesday, January 10.

  • Spring 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. Parent accompany required, but no need to sit in the classroom.

    Monday Session (PC11): 10:10-11:00, starting on January 23
    Saturday session (PC61): 12:10-1:00, starting on January 21

  • 2017 Spring "Let's Sing Chinese" Music Circle Time

    Wednesday session (MCT3)New Time: 9:30-10:15, start date TBD

    Saturday session (MCT6): 10:30-11:15, starts on January 21!.

    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!


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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.

    **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!

    **Thanks to our members' generosity, our books and Audio/Visual materials are exceeding what our space allow. Due to the limited 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.


  • Wednesday Baby/Toddler Story Time--NEW TIME **11:00-11:30am**! We have completed our renovation on all classrooms, please come and join our Baby/Toddler Story Time on 1/18/2017!
    Baby story time is suitable for babies and toddlers aged 6 month to 3 year-old and parent/guardian participation is required.
    ** The space is limited to 20 babies. VIP member status is no longer required, but general membership of Books and Me and weekly sign-up are required. .Please Sign up here now.


  • Saturday Story Time 11:30-Noon will resume on 1/14/2017!

    For children 3 year-old and older. All members are welcomed to join us but sign-up online is required Sign up now.
    Lunar New Year Special Storytime: Chinese New Year will fall on 1/28/2017 this year. Books and Me Library will have a special storytime on that day.Come and listen to the stories about Chinese New Year and make crafts together to celebrate the Year of Rooster. The sign up list will be posted online on 1/21/2017.

  • 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 - Chinese New Year

    Suggested Reading List (Chinese editions):


    Book: The Nian Beast: A-Nuo
    Written by: Su Yi Chen

    According to Chinese mythology, a Nian is a beast that lives under the sea or in the mountains. Once each spring, on or around Chinese New Year, it comes out of hiding to attack, and eat people. But in this story, the Nian beast called "A-Nuo" is different. Is there any misunderstanding between people and the Nian beast? A new. fun version of the Nian legend. A great story for kids in the Chinese New year. Traditional Chinese with Zhu-Yin. Kids 4-up.


    Book: SuiSui NianNian
    Written by: Wen Hua Wang
    SuiSui and NianNian are two traditional Chinese nations. People in SuiSui nation live rich and happily. NianNian, on the contrary, is a poorer nation. People live in NianNian nation don't wash faces and nor do they shower. Every year miserable NianNian people go to see SuiSui people who soon decide to run away. NianNian people then stay up on the coldest day of the year to wait SuiSui people.... "Shousui" is a Chinese tradition. This fun, rewritten story tells readers that Chinese people stay up late or all night on New Year's Eve to see the old year out and the new year in. Traditional Chinese with Zhu-Yin. Ages 3-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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