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  • Books and Me Library Special Announcement:

    **Make a donation (min. $30) and you can upgrade to VIP members! Please contact our librarians through email at librarian@zhaoyu.org or call us for benefits and details.

  • 2016 FALL Classes start registration!

    Please read each class introduction (click the link), then download the 2016 Fall Class Registration Form. Fill out the information and bring the form and your payment to Books and Me Library to register for fall 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 filled out soon. So register now to get your spot!

  • NEW! Clay Sculpture

    What is more fun than playing with water? Playing with water and dirt! Professional art teacher leads your child into the world of sculpture!

    For 6 years and older! Class meets on Saturday at 2:15-3:15pm, starting on September 10.

  • NEW! Scratch Programming on Saturdays!

    Does your child like playing computer games? Why not write your own game? Come join Scratch Programming class and learn to develop your figure, make it move, and make it into a game!

    Instructed by Stanford computer science master, senior Soft Engineer, and using a language developed by MIT and a curriculum recommended by Harvard University Education department, our Scratch Programming class is going to rock!

    For 8-12 years old! Class meets on Saturday at 4:15-5:15pm, starting on September 10.

  • NEW! 2016 SAT Chinese Bootcamp

    Available to take only once a year, SAT Chinese Subject test is on November 5 this year. Come join the bootcamp to boost your confidence and your scores! Each three-hour session will compose of a full scale mock test (including listening, grammar, and reading sessions) followed by detail reviews and instructions.

    Lead by professional Chinese language teacher who is teaching UC Berkeley Extension. Last year's students improved by 100 points or got as high as the full score (800).

    The camp will meet on Sunday, 3:00-6:00pm, from September 11 to October 30. You may choose how many weeks and what weeks to attend.

  • Fall 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.

    This fall, the first session will focus on 'Skill Life Painting', and the second session will be 'Winter Theme'.

    Five groups in the fall, please choose based on the age:

    Age 8-10 group (WA61): 9:30-10:30 (1 hour class)
    Age 4-5 group (WA62): 10:45-11:30.
    Age 5-6 group (WA63): 11:45-12:30.
    Age 6-7 group (WA64): 12:45-1:30.
    Advance (10+) group (WA65): 3:30-5:00.

  • 2016 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!

    Saturday Classes start on September 10:
    ABA61: 2:00-3:00
    ABA62: 3:00-4:00
    Tuesday Classes start on September 6:
    ABA22: 4:30-5:30
    ABA23: 5:30-6:30
    ABA24: 6:30-7:30

    Special Preschool Session accepting 3-4 year olds:
    ABA21: 3:30-4:30, will start on Tuesday, September 6.

  • 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. Parent accompany required, but no need to sit in the classroom.

    Monday Session (PC11): 10:10-11:00, starting on September 12
    Saturday session (PC61): 12:10-1:00, starting on September 10
    Saturday session (PC62): 1:05-1:55, starting on September 10

  • 2016 Fall "Let's Sing Chinese" Music Circle Time

    Wednesday session (MCT3)New Time: 9:30-10:15, starts on 9/21!

    Saturday session (MCT6): 10:30-11:15, starts on 9/17!.

    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!

  • Piano Private Lessons

    One on one Piano Private Lessons are available with Ms. Lillian Chen, right at Books and Me Library. Email librarian@zhaoyu.org for details.

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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 and apply for a library card at Books and Me.

    **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. Thank you!

    **Thanks for our members' generosity, our books and Audio/Visual materials are exceeding what our space allow. Due to the limited space and staff, we can only take new and slightly used books, CD's and VCD's.We can no longer take cassette tapes or VHS tapes, or old books that were published before year of 2006. When donating, please contact our librarians for details. If you come with donating items, there will be a possibility that you will need to bring them back if we cannot take them. Thanks for your understanding.

  • Wednesday Baby/Toddler Story Time--NEW TIME **11:00-11:30am **
    Baby story time is suitable for babies and toddlers aged 6 month to 3 year-old and parent/guardian participation is required.
    ** The space is limited to 20 babies. VIP member status is no longer required, but general membership of Books and Me and weekly sign-up are required. We will have our Special Halloween program on 10/26/2016 . Please Sign up here now.

  • Saturday Story Time 11:30-Noon

    For children 3 year-old and older. All members are welcomed to join us but sign-up online is required Sign up now.

  • 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 - Halloween

    Suggested Reading List (Chinese editions):

    Book: Miffy the Ghost
    Written by: Dick Bruna

    Miffy dresses up as a ghost and has fun scaring her friends. What happens when her friends find out who the ghost really is? Miffy books are adorable and creative! The stories are simple and cute, and the graphics have a minimalistic quality which is eye-catching. A great book for Halloween, and for any child learning colors and reading as well. Traditional Chinese with Zhu-yin. Ages 3-up.

    Book: The Widow's Broom
    Written by: Chris Van Allsburg
    A witch flying on her broom. The broom loses its magic to fly, and makes the witch tumble and lands in an old woman: Minna Shaw's garden. Minna takes the witch into her house, and at midnight, the witch left with her wounds all healed. The witch left her old broom there, since it doesn't fly anymore. Then she sees that the broom sweeps the floors by itself. After Minna gets used to it, she teaches the broom how to do other tasks, like feeding the chickens, chop wood, fetch water, bring the cows from the pastures, and to even play the piano. However, her neighbors see the broom as evil and want to destroy it! The Widow's Broom is a fabulous tale of magic, witchcraft and companionship. The twist ending makes the story all the sweeter.Traditional Chinese with Zhu-yin. Ages 4-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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