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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.

    Please Note: Books and Me Library will be closed on Monday, 9/3/2018 in observance of Labor Day.

  • 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 2018 FALL 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!
    *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.

  • NEW! Singapore Math Series

    Considered one of the most effective math curriculum in the world, Singapore Math help students build a solid math foundation through clear math concept and critical practices. The elementary series are for elementary school students grade 2 and above. Please choose by level.

    Level 3(SNM3): 12:00-12:50, starts on 9/8 (for 3rd graders or advanced 2nd graders)

    Level 4(SNM4): 1:00-2:00, starts on 9/8 (for 4th graders or advanced 3rd graders)

    Level 5(SNM5): 10:45-11:45, starts on 9/8 (for 5th graders or advanced 4th graders)

    Kindergarteners through 2nd graders are recommended to take the Abacus class first.

  • 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.

    Monday Session, starting on 8/20.
    PC11: 10:10-11:00,

    Saturday Sessions, starting on 8/18:
    PC61: 12:10-1:00
    PC62: 1:10-2:00

  • 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 will start on 9/8, with theme "Solute to Masters".
    Session 2 will start on 10/27, with theme "Fall & Winter Theme".

    Five groups in the fall, 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.

  • 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. Session 1: 9/28-10/20
    Session 2: 10/27-12/15

    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, 9:00-9:45starting on 9/8 and 10/27.

    CT61 (4-5year olds): Saturday, 9:55-10:40starting on 9/8 and 10/27.

  • 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!

    Tuesday Classes start on 9/11:
    ABA21: 3:30-4:30
    ABA22: 4:30-5:30
    ABA23: 5:30-6:30
    ABA24: 6:30-7:30

    Saturday Classes start on 9/8
    ABA61: 2:15-3:15
    ABA62: 3:15-4:15
    ABA63: 4:15-5:15

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

    Saturday session (MCT6): 10:30-11:15
    Session 1 starts on 9/8!
    Session 2 starts on 10/20!

    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

    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
    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. 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 - Mid-Autumn Festival

    Suggested Reading List (Chinese editions):

    Book: Let's Draw The Moon
    Written by: Jun Yan Zao

    Looking at the beautiful, big, round moon, who can draw the biggest moon? The kitten draws the moon with a dollar, the fox draws the moon with a teacup, the piglet draws the moon with a bowl, the tiger draws the moon with a plate, and the elephant uses its trunk to spray a big circle. Here comes the mouse! It uses a special and fascinating way to draw a bigger moon! The story is simple, interesting and meaningful. Suitable for adults and small readers to feel the wonders of "fate" and "relationships" with each other. . Traditional Chinese with Zhu-Yin. Great for kids 4-up.

    Book: The Moon Lady
    Written by: The Windmill Group
    Once upon a time there were ten suns in the sky which caused disaster to people. A man names Hou Yi shot down nine of the suns, and soon became a beloved hero by people. However, Hou Yi turned into a conceited and cruel ruler, he wanted to live forever. His wife, Chang Er, stole the magic potion which Hou Yi got on the fifteenth day in August to prevent her husband from being immortal.... "The Moon Lady" is a legend of Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. In the end of the story Chang Er fled to the moon and became the spirit of the moon. Since then, people worship the moon on every fifteenth day in August of lunar year to commemorate Chang Er.. Traditional Chinese with Zhu-Yin. Great for 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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