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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.

  • Due to recent surge of Omicron cases, Books and Me Library will not be able to accept any new appointments for library visits until 1/26, Wednesday. We apologize for any inconvenience. The Winter/Spring online Abacus and Cantonese classes will start on 1/8/2022 as scheduled ; Art and Chinese classes on 1/22.
  • Please Note: If you plan to visit our library, please EMAIL us to make an appointment with your Books and Me library ID number at least 24 hours before your visit so we can arrange a librarian on site.
    For safety during the pandemic, we allow only one family/one individual at a time inside the library to protect the little ones. VIP members has an option for "Pick-Up service" at the door.
    To comply with our Covid19 Safety Protocols and to protect our members and staff, we appreciate you will not visit us when you have any cold-related symptoms. All visitors who come to visit our library will be required to show us their proof of Covid19 vaccine. A mask is also required for all members and visitors aged 2 and older. Thank you for your understanding!
    Please email us at librarian@zhaoyu.org for further details .

    Our librarians will be answering questions via email. Please email librarian@zhaoyu.org if you need to contact us. Please stay healthy!

  • 2022 Winter/Spring Class Registration Starts NOW!

    Please read our Health and Safety Protocols carefully and make sure you can comply with the rules for in person classes. Otherwise, please sign up online groups. Please read the description below and details in each flyers carefully to choose the right group. To register, please fill out Winter/Spring 2022 Class Registration Form ! You will receive a PayPal invoice within 2 business days for payment. Registration is not completed until you make the payment.

    Please finish the registration process (including payment) at least two days before the first class date. Urgent request within two days before the class starts can be emailed to librarian@zhaoyu.org. If approved, a $10 per class session urgent process fee will be charged on the PayPal invoice.

    *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.
    *Due to Covid-19 pandemic, only parents and guardians of students younger than 5 are required to wait in the reading room/the library till the class ends. These parents must provide proof of full immunization for Covid-19. In Person students 5 years and older also need to provide proof of full immunization.

  • Winter/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.

    Saturday Groups:

    Session A - Dogs, Cats, and Animals: 1/15-3/19, no class 2/5 and 2/19.
    Session B - Food, Fruits, and Vegetables: 3/26-5/21, no class 4/9.

    Please choose groups by age:

    In Person Groups:
    Senior group (WA61): 9:30-10:30, for 8-11 years and older
    Kinder group (WA62): 10:45-11:30, for 4-7 year olds.
    Advance group (WA65): 3:45-5:15, for 11+ or younger students by invitations only.
    Art Portfolio Group (WAPRO): 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. Students who want to learn techniques please register WA65.

    Online Groups:
    Junior group (WA63V): 11:45-12:30, for 4-7 year olds.
    Tween group (WA64V): 12:45-1:45, for 8-11 year olds.
    Adult group (WA6AV): 2:30-3:30, for 18+ students, siblings, parents, grandparents are all welcome.

  • Winter/Spring Mandarin Chinese Class

    All NEW curriculum and teaching method for your 3-6 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:
    Session A: 1/15-3/12, 8 weeks, no class 2/5.
    Session B: 3/19-5/21, 9 weeks, no class 4/9.

    Online Group
    MC6V: for 3-5 year olds, 10:00 - 10:45 am.

    In Person Groups
    PC6: for 3-4 year olds, 11:05 - 11:50 am.
    KC6: for 4-5 year olds, 12:10 - 1:00 pm.

  • Winter/Spring Cantonese for Young Children

    Instructed by professional teacher who is also a native Cantonese speaker. Class will meet on Saturday mornings.
    Session A: 1/8-3/12, 9 weeks, no class 2/5.
    Session B: 3/19-5/21, 9 weeks, no class 4/9.

    All online Group:
    CT62V (7-12 year olds): 9:00-9:50, for advance students.
    CT61V (5-8 year olds): 10:00-10:50
    CT60V (4-8 year-olds): 11:00-11:50, for beginners with basic Cantonese listening skills.

  • Winter/Spring Abacus and Mental Math Class

    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!

    Fall Abacus Classes will be all online.
    Tuesday Online Groups
    Session A: 1/1-3/15, 9 weeks, no class 2/1.
    Session B: 3/22-5/24, 9 weeks, no class 4/5.

    ABA21V: 3:30-4:30 , accepting Beginners
    ABA22V: 4:30-5:30 , accepting Beginners
    ABA23V: 5:30-6:30
    ABA24V: 6:30-7:30 (Advance group, by invitation only.)

    Saturday Online Groups (Please note new class time!)
    Session A: 1/8-3/12, 9 weeks, no class 2/5.
    Session B: 3/19-5/21, 9 weeks, no class 4/9.

    ABA60V: 1:30-2:30
    ABA61V: 2:30-3:30
    ABA62V: 3:30-4:30
    ABA63V: 4:30-5:30

  • For further question regarding Winter/Spring 2022 Classes, please email librarian@zhaoyu.org.

    Information about Fall 2021 Online Classes:
    Fall Wonderful Art Class
    Fall Preschool/Kindergarten Chinese Class

    Fall Cantonese for Young Children
    Fall Abacus and Mental Math Class

    To register Fall 2021 Online Classes, please fill out Fall 2021 Online Class Registration Form.

  • 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 use this link: to 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.

    **Due to our members' generosity, limited space, and the pandemic, we CANNOT accept any donation of books and Audio/Visual materials (CDs, VCDs, VHS, or cassette tapes) until further notice. We really appreciate your support to Books and Me Library


  • FREE TUESDAY Baby/Toddler ALL Mandarin ONLINE Story Time and Songs, 11:00-11:30am
    Suitable for children and babies aged 9 month to 5 year-old.This event is open to all members. Parents/guardian participation and weekly sign-up are required.
    Due to many of our regular attendants starting preschool, we have very low attendance for the past month. We now will canel this event until further notice. Sorry for the inconvenience. We will email you a new link each week to the Zoom Meeting by end of Monday night.

  • Free Saturday ONLINE Mandarin Story Time: 11:30-Noon.
    Children's stories told in Mandarin, for children 3 to 12 year old only.
    Please Note: Due to the sudden surge of pediatric Covid cases in our neighboring school, we have decided to postpone the starting date for both classes and the story time. We will resume the Story Time on 1/22/2022!
    Chinese New Year is on 2/1, and a story time special for Chinese New Year will be held on 1/29!
    All members are welcomed to join us with their children but weekly sign-up online is required. Please sign up here by 7:00pm on Friday. We will email a new Zoom Link every week to the parents who sign up by Friday night.

  • Library Operating Hours:
    Monday 11 am - 3 pm; visits by appointment only
    Tuesday 11 am - 3 pm ; visits by appointment only
    Wednesday 11 am - 3 pm ; visits by appointment only
    Thursday 11 pm - 3 pm; visits by appointment only
    Friday 1 pm - 3 pm; visits by appointment only
    Saturday 10 am -3 pm; Visits by appointment only
    Sunday 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 Year of the Tiger
    Written by: Meiyu Zheng
    The Tiger ranks third among the animals of the Chinese zodiac. In Chinese culture, tigers are believed to be the guardians of children. Therefore, during the Chinese New Year, kids in many regions wear a tiger hat to wish for a healthy and strong childhood. Tigers are also known as the king of all beasts in China. The zodiac sign of the Tiger represents strength and braveness. This series is telling about the 12 zodiac animals, in order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. Each year is related to an animal sign according to a 12-year-cycle. Let's read the fun stories to know the origins of the zodiac animals. Traditional Chinese, Zhuyin, suitable for children over 5.

    Book: Traditional Festivals
    Written by: Fengmao Li
    From the beginning to the end of the year, how many traditional festivals are there? How did these festivals come from? Besides to eating, dancing, having fun, any other ways to celebrate? This book describes traditional festivals, beliefs and customs, and includes lively illustrations, taboos, and a complete list of Taiwan traditional festivals and customs. The book also attaches a cultural booklet containing expert guides and hand-made items instructions which help children learn cultural themes better by actual hand making activities. Traditional Chinese with Zhuyin. Ages 5-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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