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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, 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.

  • ***2018 SUMMER CLASS REGISTRATION STARTS NOW; offering Abacus, Cantonese, Math, Art, and Chinese Painting classes with a fee for children!

    Please read each class introduction carefully, then download the 2018 Summer 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.

    Please Note:
    *All classes are open only to our members, 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!

  • Summer Middle School Math Camp

    This two-week camp focus on the most challenging topics of middle school math.

    Level 5/6: for incoming 5th or 6th graders. Topics will be 'Fractions' and 'Factors - including GCF and LCM'.

    Meet Monday to Friday, 7/23-7/27 and 7/30-8/3, from 4:20-6:00pm (100 minutes). Only 8 seats!

    Level 6/7: for incoming 6th to 8th graders. Topics will be 'Probabilities' and 'Preview of Algebra'.

    Meet Monday to Friday, 7/16-7/20 and 7/23-7/26, from 4:30-6:30pm (120 minutes). Only 8 seats!

  • Elementary Manga Math Camp

    This two-week camp will use the most interesting math curriculum - the Beast Academy's comic math! The textbooks are comic books! And the homeworks are like math games! Kids are going to love this math class!

    Level 2/3: for incoming 2nd or 3rd graders. Meet Monday to Friday, 7/9-7/13 and 7/16-7/20, from 3:30-5:00pm (90 minutes). Only 8 seats!

    Level 3/4: for incoming 3rd to 4th graders. Meet Monday to Friday, 7/23-7/27and 7/30-8/3, from 3:30-5:00pm (90 minutes). Only 8 seats!

  • Summer 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!
    Summer classes are 1.5 hours long!

    Tuesday Classes start on 7/10:
    SABA21: 4:00-5:30
    SABA22: 5:30-7:00

    Saturday Classes start on 7/7
    SABA61: 2:00-3:30
    SABA62: 3:30-5:00

  • Summer 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 7/7, with theme "Pastel and Oil Painting".
    Session 2 will start on 8/4, with theme "Water color".

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

    Senior group (SWA61): 9:30-10:30, for 10+ years and older
    Kinder group (SWA62): 10:45-11:30, for 4-6 year olds.
    Junior group (SWA63): 11:45-12:30, for 7-9 year olds.

  • Clay Sculpture

    Session 1: 7/7-7/28
    Session 2: 8/4-8/25

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

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

  • Chinese Painting

    Session 1: 7/7-7/28
    Session 2: 8/4-8/25

    Chinese PaintingClass (CPTS): Saturday, 12:45-1:45

    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, 9:00-9:45starting on 6/23 and 7/28.

    CT61 (4-5year olds): Saturday, 9:55-10:40starting on 6/23 and 7/28.

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

    Saturday session (MCT6): 10:30-11:15, starts on 6/23!.

    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. Please note: this class only can take 10 children instead of 12 due to the classroom size. 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 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
    **Please Note: This event will resume on 7/17/2018. You can sign up on 7/10/2018.

    Suitable for children aged 6 month to 3 year-old and open to all members. Parents/guardian participation and weekly sign-up are required.
    sign up here.

  • Free Saturday Mandarin Story Time: 11:30am to 12:00pm
    **Please Note: We will resume the story time on 7/21/2018. Members can sign up NOW!
    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

  • 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: Ten Seeds
    Written by: Ruth Brown

    If you plant 10 seeds, what do you get? It is the story of the life cycle of a sunflower- beautifully illustrated and it is also a counting book. Rounded corners and card pages make this picture book perfect for young readers. Follow nature's wonderful cycle in this engaging counting book with a difference. This book is also a piece of artwork adults will enjoy as much as kids. Traditional Chinese with Zhu-Yin. Ages 4-up.

    Book: Why?
    Written by: Lila Prap
    Why do hyenas laugh? Why do hippos yawn? Why do crocodiles cry? "Why? is a series of questions about animals. A few silly answers give parent and child the chance to laugh together before the real because answer. The format is visually pleasing - large scale animal drawings surrounded on all four sides by text in various fonts and sizes. A great book to encourage kids to ask questions and discuss the difference between silly and fact. Traditional Chinese with Zhu-Yin. Kids 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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