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  • Books and Me Library Special Announcement:
    ¡¯¡¯Please Note: Our Library will be closed from Tuesday 12/23/2014 to Friday, 1/2/2015 for Christmas and New Year Holiday. We will resume our regular schedule on Saturday 1/3/2015.

    **All check-out procedures have to be completed 15 minutes before closing time
    . Please reserve enough time to browse and borrow our library materials when visiting. Thank you for your cooperation!!

    **If you would like to upgrade to VIP members, please contact our librarians.

  • 2015 Spring Classes start registration!

    Please carefully read each class introduction by clicking on the hyperlink, then download the 2015 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 in person to register for 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!

  • 2015 Spring Classes Introduction:

  • Wonderful Art Spring 2015:

    Teacher Yuming Tseng will offer three sessions in the Spring! Session 1, "Surreal painting" starting on 1/10; session 2 "Sea World" starting on 3/7; session 3 "Flowers" starting on 4/18.

    Five groups to choose from, please choose according to the age:

    Age 7+ 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.
    Advanced Group (WA65): 4:00-5:30 (1.5 hours class); students must be qualified by the teacher.

  • 2015 Spring Abacus Class

    Thursday (ABA4): 3:40-4:40, starting on 1/15, accepts new students.

    Saturday (ABA61): 2:00-3:00, starting on 1/10, accepts new students.
    Saturday (ABA62): 3:00-4:00, starting on 1/10.

    Tuesday (ABA21): 3:30-4:30, starting on 1/6, accepts new students.
    Tuesday (ABA22): starting on 1/6.
    Tuesday (ABA23): 5:30-6:30, starting on 1/6, accepts new students.
    Tuesday (ABA24): 6:30-7:30, starting on 1/6, accepts new students.

    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.


  • 2015 Spring Preschool Chinese Class

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

    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.

  • "Let's Sing Chinese" Music Circle Time

    Wednesday session (MCT31): 9:30-10:15, starts on 1/14!

    Saturday session (MCT62): 10:35-11:20, coming soon.

    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 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 are also 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.

  • Baby/Toddler Story Time
    Wednesday morning from 10:30-11:00am
  • There will be no storytime on 12/24 and 12/31/2014 due to Holidays. Please remember to sign up the 1/7/2015 storytime at noontime on 12/31/2014.
    This event is suitable for babies and toddlers aged 6 month to 3 year-old, accompanied by a parent or guardian. Space limited to 20 babies.
    Due to limited space, this event is for library VIP members only! Online reservation is required. We apologize that your child will NOT be able to join the story time if you do not sign up even if you are a VIP member. Please Click here to sign up.

  • Saturday Story Time

    11:30 am to 12:00 every Saturday for children 3 year-old and older. All members are welcomed to sign up and join us.

    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 -Christmas

    Suggested Reading List (Chinese editions):


    Book:Father Christmas
    Written by: Raymond Briggs

    Father Christmas is awoken by his alarm clock on December 24th. He gets up, gets some presents from storage in the barn, hitches up a few deer, and is off through various kinds of weather to visit various kinds of homes. This comic-strip-like book is very British, slightly irreverent, and quite funny. It shows how Father Christmas lives and his annual work on Christmas Eve. This magical, warm story makes a good Christmas book for both adults and children. Traditional Chinese with Zhu-Yin. Ages 3-up.


    Book:The First Christmas Stocking
    Written by:Elizabeth Winthrop
    A long time ago a poor girl named Claire learns to knit by her mother's side - and knits her Christmas dreams into the wool. Two days before Christmas, a wealthy woman orders three pairs of stockings. Claire finally finishes the stockings on Christmas Eve and she sets out to deliver them. On her way, she shares her knitted dreams with someone truly in need. This beautifully written and illustrated book is truly a Christmas treasure that reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas. People of all ages will really enjoy it. 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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