Around Town: Fifth Grader Will Bring Free Small Library to East Palo Alto | New

His library quickly proved to be a popular resource, with children – and books – coming and going frequently in his front yard, he said. After seeing the impact of his first library, he decided he wanted to build more. He chose a neighborhood in East Palo Alto for his second location because he wants to include areas where books aren’t as easily accessible.

“It’s important that children can read and enjoy a variety of books and appreciate the concept of sharing,” Arjun said. “I want to create a lot more neighborhood libraries so kids have fun and feel good in their community.”

Arjun’s project is part of the nonprofit Little Free Library program, which helps facilitate library placements nationwide. The organization’s library network includes approximately 150,000 locations nationwide.

A SWIMMING SUCCESS… Stanford University swimmer Brooke Forde was named the Pac-12 Woman of the Yearan award that recognizes student-athletes who have excelled in academics, athletics, community service and leadership, the collegiate athletic conference said Tuesday.

She joins an exclusive group of other women cardinals who have already received the award: Valarie Allman for athletics in 2018, Chiney Ogwumike for basketball in 2014 and Arianna Lambie for track and field and cross country in 2008.

Forde is one of two Pac-12 athletes vying for the NCAA Woman of the Year (they are among the 151 athletes nominated at the end of July). The other is Emma Nordina swimmer from Arizona State University.

Forde, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, recently completed his master’s degree in epidemiology with a 4.2 GPA. She also has an undergraduate degree in human biology, which was completed last year with a GPA of 3.96. She helped Stanford’s women’s swimming and diving team win the NCAA championship in 2018 and 2019, as well as the Pac-12 championships in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2022. Her athleticism has also paid off over the course of the Tokyo Olympicswhere she won the silver medal in the 800 freestyle relay.

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