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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, Cantonese, abacus, and math classes are taught in Mandarin with a fee to facilitate a Chinese immersion environment.

  • Due to temporary phone line issue, our phone may not work properly. If you need to contact us, please email librarian@booksandme.org.

  • 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.

  • 2019 Fall Class Registration Starts NOW! Please ask librarians for further information. You can download FALL REGISTRATION FORM here.

    Please read each class introduction carefully, then download the Fall Class Registration Form and check each box on the form to complete the registration. Fill out the information and bring the form and cash or check (payable to Zhaoyu Cultural Foundation) , to our Library to register for classes.

    *All classes are open to our members only, 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!
    *All classes, except Music Circle Time, do not allow parents/guardians inside the classrooms in order to give students a chance to learn independently. Parents and guardians must wait in the reading room/the library till the class ends.

  • Fall 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.

    Session 1 -Ocean World : Starts on 8/17
    Session 2 -Still Life : Starts on 10/5
    Session 3 - Fall and Winter Themes: Starts on 11/9

    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): 12:45-1:45, for 6-8 year olds.
    Advance group (WA65): 3:45-5:15, for 10+ year olds.
    Portfolio Group (WAPOR) : 5:15-7:15 for High School students ONLY

  • Fall Clay Sculpture
    Love Play Dough? Come learn the technique of sculpture with real clay! Hands on activities great for children who are tired of sit-and-listen lectures. For 6 years and older! Parents are welcome to register as well.

    Saturday, 2:15-3:15

    Session 1: Starts on 8/17
    Session 2: Starts on 10/5
    Session 3: Starts on 11/9

  • 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. Parents/guardians need to wait in the reading room during the class, but not to be present inside the classroom.

    Tuesday Sessions, starts on 8/20/19 , 10/15
    PC21: 10:10-11:00 am

    Saturday Sessions, starting on 8/17/19, 10/19:
    PC61: 12:00 -12:50 pm ]For beginners)
    PC62: 12:50- 1:40 pm (For Mandarin speakers or some exposure to Mandarin)

  • Fall Cantonese for Young Children

    Instructed by professional teacher who is also a native Cantonese speaker. Class will meet on Saturday mornings. Fall classes will have two sessions that start on 8/17 and 10/19 respectively :

    CT62 (6-8 year olds): 9:00-9:45
    CT61 (4-5year olds): 9:55-10:40
    CT63 (4-8 year-olds): 10:45-11:30

  • Mental Math and Abacus Class

    Plan to improve your child's math skills and learn to focus 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 8/20, 10/8:
    ABA21: 3:30-4:30
    ABA22: 4:30-5:30
    ABA23: 5:30-6:30
    ABA24: 6:30-7:30

    Saturday Classes start on 8/17, 10/12
    ABA61: 2:15-3:15
    ABA62: 3:15-4:15
    ABA63: 4:15-5:15

  • Fall "Let's Sing Chinese" Music Circle Time

    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! Great beginning Mandarin immersion experience for toddlers. A new topic every week covering basic concepts and Chinese terms. 10 children Maximum Parent/Guardian participation required!
    Saturday session (MCT6): 10:50-11:35 am *NEW TIME*
    Session 1 starts on 8/17!
    Session 2 starts on 10/12!

  • Singapore Math

    Singapore Math is considered one of the most effective math curriculum in the world. The textbook series explains math concepts clearly and offer practices with word questions. They offer different levels of difficulty that suit different needs of various students. This is a one year curriculum and students are expected to continue in the spring semester.
    Classes will be held on Mondays, start on 8/19 with three levels:
    SNM3 (level 3): 3:20-4:10 pm
    SNM4 (level 4): 4:20-5:20 pm
    SNM5 (level 5): 5:30-6:30 pm

  • AoPS Middle School Math

    This is a fast-paced course that will cover key topics in Art of Problem Solving's PreAlgebra and Algebra curriculum. The contents are much more advanced than regular middle school math. This class is for 6th to 8th graders who want to learn more challenging math, plan to attend math competitions, or plan to take more advanced math courses at schools. All students will need to take a placement test to qualify before taking this class. Class will start on 8/17/2019.

    PALG6 (PreAlgebra): Saturday, 12:45-2:00 pm
    ALG61 (Algebra): Saturday, 2:05-3:35 pm
    ALG62 (Algebra): Saturday, 3:55-5:25 pm

  • 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
    Suitable for children and babies aged 6 month to 3 year-old and open to all members. Parents/guardian participation and weekly sign-up are required.
    ** For 10/29 Baby/Toddler Halloween Special Story Time, please sign up here!**

  • Free Saturday Mandarin Story Time: 10:15 am to 10:45 am *NEW TIME*
    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 for 10/26 Halloween Special Story Time!

  • 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: Big Bill and Little Billy
    Written by: Xiao Yan Liang

    Big Bill is the richest man in the country, his house is bigger than a zoo, there are 9999 roses in his garden, his servants are as many as an army, however, he is very stingy and mean to people. Little Billy is the poorest person in the country, but he is very generous and kind. Big Bill is mad and jealous, what does he try to do to Little Billy? This story represents to kids the true meaning of being good to people from the bottom of the heart, it's nothing to do with how much money you have or how many people know your generosity. Traditional Chinese with Zhuyin. Bilingual story with a CD attached. Ages 5-up.

    Book: Manster the Monster
    Written by: Xiao Yan Liang
    There is a monster named Manster who lives far far away from the town. No one knows where he looks like only to say that Manster changes appearance time to time to scare people. Mothers warn naughty children that Manster will get them if they don't behave. But in fact Manster has never done anything bad to people, and he is not that ugly as people drew. He decides to make people to understand the real him. People always are afraid of unknown things, and results in false imaginations and rumors. Children will learn from this story that to judge things by true experience. Traditional Chinese with Zhuyin. Bilingual story with a CD attached. 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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