In the latest Around Town column, an East Palo Alto Academy student wins an inaugural scholarship and Palo Alto plays host to virtual pop-up libraries.
FUTURE LITIGATOR ... A Menlo Park teenager and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient who plans to become a lawyer has been named the inaugural recipient of a scholarship created to honor retired Judge LaDoris Cordell. Addy Raquel Palacios, a sophomore at East Palo Alto Academy, will receive full tuition to attend the Intensive Law & Trial program at Stanford University, a 10-week program that exposes high schoolers from around the country to the theory and practice of law. (Tuition for the 2019 program is about $4,000.) In Cordell's 40-year career, she served as a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge, as a member of the Palo Alto City Council, as Stanford's vice provost and special counselor to the president for campus relations and as the independent police auditor for the city of San Jose. Recent attempts to end DACA, which protects young people whose parents brought them to the U.S. illegally, sparked Addy's interest in a legal career. "Once I become a lawyer, I would like to help make sure laws protect human rights and create a just society," she said. The scholarship was created by Envision, which provides career and leadership programs for K-12 students, and will be awarded to one East Palo Alto Academy student annually.
'OH THE PLACES YOU'LL GO!' ... The Palo Alto Library has opened three Pop-Up Libraries in the city to help the public dive into a good e-book. The collection includes books from the "Crazy Rich Asians" trilogy by Kevin Kwan and titles by Apple CEO Steve Jobs' daughter Lisa Brennan Jobs and comedian David Sedaris. The pop-ups can be found at the YMCA of Silicon Valley, Cafe Venetia at the Palo Alto Caltrain station and City Hall's first-floor lobby. The project, part of a national experiment run by book distributors Baker and Taylor and their e-book collection, Axis 360, is set to run through April. Users simply connect to the pop-up's Wi-Fi network and download a title that will be on their electronic devices for up to three weeks. It's open to everyone with a smartphone, tablet or computer, regardless of whether they have a library card.