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    Books and Me Library Special Announcement:

  • **Books and Me Library will be closed from 12/20/2017 (Wedn.) to 1/5/2018 (Friday) for Christmas and New Year Holiday. We will resume our regular hours on 1/6/2018, Saturday. Our Book Return Box will NOT be open for return due to the long holiday. We apologize for any inconvenience. Wish you all have a very happy holiday!

    **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.

  • ***2018 Spring CLASS REGISTRATION STARTS NOW! ***

    Please read each class introduction carefully, then download the 2018 Spring Class Registration Form. Fill out the information and bring the form and your check (made payable to Zhaoyu Cultural Foundation', to our 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 popular classes filled out soon. Our policy is first come first serve, so please register now to get your spot!

  • Singapore Math Level 7 PreAlgebra

    Taught by a professional high school teacher, this class will cover all key topics of PreAlgebra class in 20 weeks! Suitable for current 7th graders who will take Algebra in 8th grade, or current 6th graders who plan to skip 7th grade math!

    Only one group with 8 seats! Class meets on Wednesdays, 5:00-6:30pm and will start on 1/10/2018.

  • Elementary Singapore Math

    Considered the most famous and most effective elementary math curriculum in the world, Singapore Math using clearly illustrated models to introduce focus important math concepts and reinforce the learning with different level of practice questions. This semester, we will offer level 3 and level 6:

    SNM3 (Level 3): meet on Saturdays, 11:45-12:45 (60 min.), starts on 1/13; for 2nd-3rd graders.

    SNM6 (Level 6): meet on Thursdays, 5:00-6:20 (80 minutes), starts on 1/16; for 5th or 6th graders.

  • Spring 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!

    Tuesday Classes start on 1/9:
    ABA21: 3:30-4:30
    ABA22: 4:30-5:30
    ABA23: 5:30-6:30
    ABA24: 6:30-7:30

    Saturday Classes start on 1/13:
    ABA61: 2:15-3:15
    ABA62: 3:15-4:15

  • Spring 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.

    Session 1 will start on 1/13, with theme "People".
    Session 2 will start on 3/3, with theme "Cats and Dogs".
    Session 3 will start on 4/21, with theme "Magical Illusion".

    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: 1/13-2/24
    Session 2: 3/3-4/14
    Session 3:4/21-5/19 or 6/2

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

    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 speake. We will have two groups this fall.

    Class will meet on Saturday morning:

    CT62 (6-8 year olds): Saturday, 9:00-9:45ˇAstarting on 1/13ˇC
    CT61 (4-5year olds): Saturday, 9:55-10:40ˇAstarting on 1/13ˇC

  • Spring 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.

    Tuesday Session/PC21: 10:10-11:00, starts on 1/15.
    Monday Session/PC11: 10:10-11:00, starting on 1/16.
    Saturday sessions, starting on 1/13:

    PC61: 12:10-1:00
    PC62: 1:10-2:00

  • 2018 Spring "Let's Sing Chinese" Music Circle Time

    New! Tuesday session (MCT2): 10:00-10:45, starts on 1/16!
    Saturday session (MCT6): 10:30-11:15, starts on 1/13!.

    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!


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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 TUESDAY Baby/Toddler Mandarin Story Time 11:00-11:30am
    To respond to our members' request, we have changed the baby/toddler Story time to Tuesday starting on 10/24/2017. Please sign up here.
    Suitable for children aged 6 month to 3 year-old and open to all members. Parents/guardian participation and weekly sign-up are required.

  • Free Saturday Story Time: 11:30am to NOON
    For children 3 year-old and older. All members are welcomed to join us but sign-up online is required. Please sign up HERE .

  • 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: The First Christmas Stocking
    Written by: Elizabeth Winthrop

    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.


    Book: Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree
    Written by: Robert Barry
    Mr. Willowby is happy to have his Christmas tree deliverd. But the tree is so big, and too tall. Mr. Willowby asks his butler to chop off the top. And what happens to that tree top, makes for a wonderful and endearing Christmas story. This is a charming and simple treasure of a book that really captures the holiday spirit, and is a lovely read-aloud story the entire family will want to share again and again, year after year. 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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