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    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, Kindergarten Chinese, Cantonese, Abacus, and others classes are taught in Mandarin with a fee to facilitate a Chinese immersion environment.

  • Books and Me Library is temporarily closed starting Monday, 3/9/2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We are slowly reopening our library by accepting requests for book checkout with appointment only for our members. Please email us at librarian@zhaoyu.org for further details . There will be no one answering the phone, but librarians will be answering questions via email. Please email librarian@zhaoyu.org if you need to contact us. We apologize for any inconvenience and stay healthy!

  • 2020 Fall Class Registration Starts NOW!

    Due to the coronavirus pandemic, our classes are now taught online throughout this fall. To register, please fill out Fall 2020 Online Class Registration Form here!

    Please read each class introduction carefully by clicking the name of the class, then fill out the online Class Registration Form above to register. You will receive a PayPal invoice within 1-2 business days for payment. Registration is not completed until you pay the invoice.

    *Early Bird Discount: students who register and pay before August 31 may qualify for Early Bird Discount! If the total tuition amount on a single invoice is $320 or more, you will get a $15 off, and $400 or more, you will get a $20 off your tuition. Sign up early to get the class time that fits your schedule!
    *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 physical 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 A - Spacing and Perspectives: 9/12-10/24.
    Session B - Autumn & Winter Theme: 10/31-12/19, no class 11/28.

    Please choose groups 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 middle/high schoolers or younger students by invitations only.

    Art Portfolio Group (WAPOR) : 5:15-7:15 for High School students with strong previous drawing/painting training ONLY. The goal is to build up art portfolio for college application.

  • Fall Kindergarten Chinese Class

    All NEW curriculum and teaching method for your 4.5-6 years old! Learn to recognize Chinese characters in this fun class filled with songs, rhymes, games, and stories! 100% Mandarin Immersion.

    Class meets on Saturdays. 7 weeks per session in this Fall.
    Session A: 9/12-10/24.
    Session B: 10/31-12/19, no class 11/28.

    KC61: 12:10 -1:00pm

  • Fall Cantonese for Young Children

    Instructed by professional teacher who is also a native Cantonese speaker. Class will meet on Saturday mornings. 7 weeks per session this Fall.
    Session A: 9/12-10/24.
    Session B: 10/31-12/19, no class 11/28.

    CT62 (6 year olds and above): 9:00-9:55
    CT61 (4-6 year olds): 10:00-10:55
    CT63 (4-8 year-olds): 11:00-11:55, accepting beginners with basic Cantonese listening skills.

  • Fall Abacus and Mental MathClass

    Plan to improve your child's math skills and learn to focus in the new school year? Come join the effective Elementary Abacus class. Our students, age 5 and above, won medals at regional competition! In the weekly class, they learn clear place values and number sense, and improve computation speed by special Abacus technics. Build solid foundation in math and gain confidence in the future class!

    Tuesday Groups
    Session A:9/8-10/20.
    Session B:10/27-12/15, no class 11/24.
    ABA21: 3:30-4:30
    ABA22: 4:30-5:30
    ABA23: 5:30-6:30
    ABA24: 6:30-7:30 (Advance group, by invitation only.)

    Saturday Groups
    Session A:9/12-10/24.
    Session B:10/31-12/19, no class 11/28.
    ABA60: 1:15-2:15
    ABA61: 2:15-3:15
    ABA62: 3:15-4:15,*Accepting Beginner Students*
    ABA63: 4:15-5:15

  • For further question regarding Fall Online Classes, or if you want to register the remaining of Summer Online Classes, please email librarian@zhaoyu.org.

  • 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 librarian@zhaoyu.org 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 librarian@zhaoyu.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.
    **Due to limited space in our library, we can only take new and gently used books and CD's, that were published after 2000, for children under 12.
    We DO NOT ACCEPT cassette tapes or VHS tapes any more.
    **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.
    Please sign up here by 6:00 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.
    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.
    Please sign up here by 6:00pm Each Friday. We will email a new Zoom Link every week to the parents who sign up by Friday night.

  • 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: What's Under My Bed
    Written by: James Stevenson

    After a scary story has made Mary Ann and Louie too frightened to sleep, Grandpa tells tells how he was once afraid of all the frightening things he heard at night, but the kids identify the sounds as ordinary (not scary) things. A good book about being afraid at night, something that most kids can relate to. The story is well-written, from the view point of children, and most of all, this grandpa knows how to handle these little grandchildren, and also treats them with some ice cream. Traditional Chinese with Zhu-Yin. Ages 4-up.

    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.

  • 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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