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  • Books and Me Library Special Announcement:

    **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.


    Please read each class introduction carefully, then download the 2017 FALL 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!

  • Fall 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 fall, the first session will focus on 'Birds and Flowers', and the second session will be 'Autumn and Winter Themes'.

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

    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.

  • Clay Sculpture

    Session 1: 9/9-10/21
    Session 2: 10/28-12/16

    Clay Class (CLAY): Saturday, 2:15-3:15

    For 6 years and older! Parents are welcome to register as well.

  • FALL 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!

    Fall Abacus are going back to 1 hour per meeting.

    Saturday Classes start on 8/26, with new time:
    ABA61: 2:15-3:15
    ABA62: 3:15-4:15
    Tuesday Classes start on 8/29:
    ABA22: 4:30-5:30
    ABA23: 5:30-6:30
    ABA24: 6:30-7:30

  • FALL 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.

    New! Tuesday Session PC21: 10:10-11:00, starting on 9/12

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

  • NEW! Singapore Math

    Considered the most famous and most effective elementary math curriculum in the world, Singapore Math focus on the understanding of concepts and reinforce the learning with different level of practice questions. This fall, we will open two levels on Saturdays:

    SNM2 (Level 2): 11:45-12:45, starting on 9/9; for 2nd graders.
    SNM3 (Level 3): 1:00-2:00, starting on 9/9; for 3rd graders.

  • NEW! Cantonese for Young Children

    Instructed by professional teacher who is also a native Cantonese speake. We will have two groups this fall.

    Class will meet on Saturday morning:

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

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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 slightly used books, CD's and VCD's that are 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 Wednesday Baby/Toddler Story Time **11:00-11:30am**
    Please Note: Story time will resume on 8/23/2017; the onine registration is open right now.
    Suitable for children aged 6 month to 3 year-old and parent/guardian participation is required.
    ** The space is limited to 20 babies and open to all Books and Me members but weekly sign-up is required. Please Sign up here now.

  • *Saturday Story Time: 11:30am to NOON
    Please Note: 6/24 will be the last story time before summer break. We will resume on 8/26 after the break. Have a great summer!
    For children 3 year-old and older. All members are welcomed to join us but sign-up online is required
    Sign up now.

  • 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: Daddies
    Written by: Lila Prap

    What do lions, hippos, kangaroos, and giraffes have in common? They all have Daddies! Big, bold illustrations. Simple rhymes accompanied with bright, fuzzy pictures of daddies and their children throughout the animal kingdom. A great book dads to share with their babies and toddlers. Traditional Chinese with Zhu-Yin. Kids 2-up.

    Book: Goodbye House
    Written by: Frank Asch
    Baby Bear and his family are moving; just as the van is about to leave, Baby Bear says that he has forgotten something and goes back inside. When his parents join him, they share memories, and Papa Bear carries Baby Bear into each room, and they say goodbye together. It is a heart-warming story about saying goodbye to the house but not to the happy memories. Simple text accompanies drawings with 'just-enough' detail to help a child focus on the emotion in the story. This book is a treasure which really helps kids work thru the difficulty of a move; 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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