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    **Please Note:
    **Books and Me Library will be closed from 7/14 (Monday) to 7/25/2014 (Friday) for two weeks for inventory. We apologize for the inconvenience.

    **All check-out procedures have to be completed 15 minutes before closing time
    . Please reserve enough time to browse and borrow our library materials when visiting. Thank you for your cooperation!!
    **If you would like to upgrade to VIP members, please contact our librarians.

  • 2014 Summer Classes start registration!

    Please carefully read each class introduction by clicking on the hyperlink, then download the 2014 Summer Class Registration Form. Read through the terms and conditions and fill out the information and bring the form and your payment to Books and Me Library in person to register for classes. All classes are open only to our members, and require parent participation or accompany.

    Most classes are taught mainly in Mandarin, but all teachers are bilingual. Class sizes are small and filled out soon. Some popular classes sold out in one week, so register now to get your spot!

  • 2014 Summer Classes Introduction:

  • Summer Little Drummer Class

    Summer sessionmeets from 6/28 to 8/16, and accepts new students drop-in to experience the class, but registration of minimum 3 weeks is required. Brand-new fall session for beginners will start after Labor Day weekend.

    Designed for preschoolers 4 to 6 years old, who are not ready for piano or violin class yet. This class will gradually introduce basic theory of rhythms and using percussion instruments and drum pads to learn and master it. With solid foundation of rhythm, learning other instruments will be much easier.

    Student must be at least 48 months old to register for this class.

    In Class Parent Participation REQUIRED!Only 8 seats, first come first serve. Class meets on Saturday morning, 9:50 to 10:25am.

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

    No Wednesday session is offered during the summer!

    Saturday session (MCT62): 10:35-11:20, from 6/28-8/16.

    Specially designed for 18 months to 42 months oldd, this class integrates singing, instrument playing, movement, music appreciation, and Chinese learning!

    A new topic every week covering basic concepts and Chinese terms. Great beginning Mandarin immersion experience for toddlers. Parent/Guardian participation required!

  • Wonderful Art Summer Sessions:

    Sharpen your drawing skills during the summer! In session 1, the theme is "Intensive Sketches and Pastels" which meets from 6/28 to 7/26; session 2's theme is "Intensive Watercolor", and meet from 8/2 to 8/30.

    Four groups to choose from, please choose according to the age:

    Age 7+ and advance group (WA61): 9:30-10:30 (1 hour class)
    Age 4-5 group (WA62): 10:45-11:30.
    Age 5+ group (WA63): 11:45-12:30.
    Age 6+ group (WA64): 12:45-1:30.

  • Summer Abacus Class

    Thursday (ABA4): 3:40-4:40, meets 6/19 to 8/28, total 10 weeks, and accepts new students.

    Saturday (ABA61): 2:00-3:00, meets 5/31 to 8/23, total 12 weeks, and accepts new students.
    Saturday (ABA62): 3:00-4:00, meets 5/31 to 8/23, total 12 weeks.

    Tuesday (ABA21): 3:30-4:30, meets 5/27-8/19, total 12 weeks, and accepts new students.
    Tuesday (ABA22): 4:30-5:30, meets 5/27-8/19, total 12 weeks.
    Tuesday (ABA23): 5:30-6:30, meets 5/27-8/19, total 12 weeks.
    Tuesday (ABA24): 6:30-7:30, meets 5/27-8/19, total 12 weeks.

    Best Way to learn Math and explore Math for beginners! In this weekly class, kids learn clear concept of numbers and place value as well as faster computation through the help of abacus beads. Class is designed for 5-8 years old first-time learners of Abacus.

  • No Preschool Chinese offered in the summer!

  • No Piano Preparation Group Class offered in the summer! But Piano Private Lessons are available with very experienced teacher, Ms. Lillian Chen. Email librarian@zhaoyu.org for details.

  • FALL Classes Information:

    Fall 2014 Class Registration Form

    Fall Wonderful Art
    Fall Abacus Class
    Fall Preschool Chinese Class
    Fall "Let's Sing Chinese" Music Circle Time
    2014-15 Piano Preparation Group Class and Private Lessons

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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.

  • Baby/Toddler Story Time
    Wednesday morning from 10:30-11:00am
  • This event is suitable for babies and toddlers aged 6 month to 3 year-old, accompanied by a parent or guardian. Space limited to 20 babies.
    Due to limited space, this event is for library VIP members only! Online reservation is required. We apologize that your child will NOT be able to join the story time if you do not sign up even if you are a VIP member. Please Click here to sign up.

  • Saturday Story Time
    **Please Note: There will be no more story time after 6/7/2014 during summer vacation; we will resume fall story time starts on 8/9/2014.
    11:30 am to 12:00 every Saturday for children 3 year-old and older. All members are welcomed to sign up and join us.

    Please Click here to sign up.

  • 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: Giant John
    Written by: Arnold Lobel

    Giant John goes out to get a job. He finds employment with a king and his family. He gets paid, and is about to leave, when the fairies suddenly appear. They tell John how much they have missed him and start playing a ditty. John starts to dance, plus destroys everything……The story of Giant John is about his obsession and lack of control caused a problem of which he takes responsibility for. It is a tale of friendship, filial devotion, enterprise, and humility which will warm your heart and tickle your funny bone. Kids of all ages will enjoy. Traditional Chinese with Zhu-Yin. Ages 4-up.

    Book: Hello! Bob
    Written by: Lane Wang
    Bob’s girlfriend Jenna is knitting a scarf for Bob. She put the scarf in a box and a postman helps deliver the gift. However, Bob only sees a piece of wool when he opens the box. He wonders why Jenna sends him a piece of wool but realizes it quickly. Where is the scarf? Bob is a kind and generous bear who lives in the Arctic. The Bob series describes Bob’s friendship, love, creativity, and imagination with others. Traditional Chinese with English translation, attached with a CD. 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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