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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, 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 librarian@zhaoyu.org or call us for benefits and details.

  • ***Register 2019 Spring classes NOW ! You can download 2019 SRPING REGISTRATION FORM here! Please contact our librarians for details!

    Please read each class introduction carefully, then download the Spring Class Registration Form. Fill out the information and bring the form and your 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.

  • NEW! AoPS Accelrated Pre Algebra

    This is a fast paced course that will cover key topics in Art of Problem Solving's PreAlgebra curriculum in 18 weeks. It is for 6th or 7th graders who want to learn more challenging math, plan to attend math competitions, or plan to take more advanced math courses at schools. Class will start on 1/12/2019.

    PALG6: Saturdays, 2:15-3:45

    Please note that students will need to take a Singapore Math level 5 placement test to qualify before taking this class. If students do not pass, we recommend students wait until Fall 2019 or can take Singapore Math level 5 first.

  • Singapore Math Series

    Considered one of the most effective math curriculum in the world, Singapore Math help students build a solid math foundation through clear math concept and critical practices. The elementary series are for elementary school students grade 2 and above. Classes start on 1/12/2019. Please choose by level.

    Level 4(SNM4): 1:00-2:00 for 4th graders or advanced 2nd or 3rd graders

    Level 5(SNM5): 10:45-11:45 for 5th graders or advanced 3rd or 4th graders

    Kindergarteners through 2nd graders are recommended to take the mental math and Abacus class first.

  • 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.

    Monday Session, starting on 1/14/19
    PC11: 10:10-11:00,

    Saturday Sessions, starting on 1/12/19:
    PC61: 12:10-1:00
    PC62: 1:10-2:00

  • Spring 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 will start on 1/12, with theme "Wild Animals".
    Session 2 will start on 3/2, with theme "Sun Rise and Sunset".
    Session 3 will start on 4/6 with them "European Streetscape"

    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): 12:45-1:30, for 6-8 year olds.
    Advance group (WA65): 3:45-5:15, for 10+ year olds.

  • Spring Clay Sculpture

    Saturday, 2:15-3:15

    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. Session 1 will start on 1/12,
    Session 2 will start on 3/2,
    Session 3 will start on 4/6
    For 6 years and older! Parents are welcome to register as well.

  • Cantonese for Young Children

    Instructed by professional teacher who is also a native Cantonese speaker. Class will meet on Saturday mornings. Spring classes will have two sessions that start on 1/12 and 3/26 respectively :

    CT62 (6-8 year olds): Saturday, 9:00-9:45
    CT61 (4-5year olds): Saturday, 9:55-10:40.

  • 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 1/14:
    ABA21: 3:30-4:30
    ABA22: 4:30-5:30
    ABA23: 5:30-6:30
    ABA24: 6:30-7:30

    Saturday Classes start on 1/12
    ABA61: 2:15-3:15
    ABA62: 3:15-4:15
    ABA63: 4:15-5:15

  • Spring "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): 10:30-11:15
    Session 1 starts on 1/19!
    Session 2 starts on 3/23!

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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 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. Parents/guardian participation and weekly sign-up are required.
    Please sign up here

  • Free Saturday Mandarin Story Time: 11:30am to 12:00pm
    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 .

    ** Chinese New Year Party will be held on Saturday, 2/16/2019 for children 4 and older. Parent participation is required and this event open ONLY to our members! Please come to our library to sign up for this event!

  • 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 Chinese Zodiac
    Written by: Shu Jen Lin

    The Jade Emperor will host a competition. Participating animals to cross a river and the first 12 animals which arrive the destination will be selected as the"12 Zodiac". The cat and the rat want to participate, but they don't know how to cross the river. The rat thinks of a way .......then who finally got the first place? In this book the cat tells the story about how the "12 Zodiac" are selected. Chinese New Year is coming. It is a great story for kids to know about traditional Chinese folktales and the origin of the "12 Chinese Zodiac". . Traditional Chinese with Zhu-Yin. AVCD attached. Ages 4-up.

    Book: Peace Lanterns
    Written by: Mu Cheng Chen
    Everyone is hiding in a cave and listens to stories told by uncle Hsih. Suddenly uncle Hsih sees red lanterns flying high in the sky, he says happily: " Here are the lanterns, now we can go home!" . Long time ago, bandits will rob villagers during Chinese new year. All people hide in a cave and send a young strong man to come back to the village to see if bandits leave. The man then notifies all people by flying lanterns. This set of "Chinese Folk Festival stories" includes twenty-five books. Great for adults and kids to get to know Chinese folktales and legends. 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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