and Tom Waits travel to Mexico to see Marisol
January 5, 2000
Confirmed by FAI
- all book
shipments arrive in Obregon and Alamos
January 10, 2000
Tomas Tomas receives 501(c)(3) Public Charity
status from the IRS
January 18, 2000
Our new website is completed
A Team of three people (Tom Sawyer,
Robin Flinchum (translator and cataloger), and George Shepard (Muralist))
went to Mexico to setup the Alamos
Children's Library. The project was a wonderful success. They worked with
FAI and local people to refurbish a building
donated by the school board of Alamos that houses the library, and installed
937 books. For more information see Library
Projects and Pictures of the
Alamos library project phase I completion.
Jim & Pat Warren donated the use of their airplane to fly books to
Alamos. Ken Rose (who donated his time & skill to pilot the
airplane) and Toms Sawyer flew into Alamos meeting Adam Quihuis, Molly
Batt and Maye; delivering 243 more books to the library.
This shipment consisted of mostly books for teenagers and reference
books. The trip went very well. The library now has a total of 1180
It is now the largest children's library in 200
miles. Tom met with Juan Lopez in the library and found that the library
has been kept clean and very well maintained and much used, they are
even busing children from other schools to use the library. It was a quick trip but
all were very happy and thankful for the generosity of Jim & Pat
Warren and Ken Rose. It was a great reunion.
May 21, 2001
Robin Flinchum of Tecopa, CA is translating the website into Spanish. Vivan Newdick in Boston,
MA is the Translations Editor - these are the best girls in the world.
The work is in progress and you will see additions in Spanish over the
next few weeks.
June 1, 2001
SAVE THE CHILDREN post feature story on their website,
IPC Media Limited NME.COM Web Site posts news story.
Santa Rosa, CA - LA VOZ
bilingual newspaper does feature story on the Alamos Library
Tomas Tomas team travels to Mexico
completing Phase III of the Alamos library.
Click here for details also see Victoria's
600 children per day are now using the library.
July 22, 2002
Matthew Gollub and the Tortuga
donate 1,100 children's books in Spanish
for the Alamos Library Personal Book Program
and 80 hardcover books for the library itself.
The website translation into
Spanish is completed. We would like to thank the following people for
their contributions and the many long hours in translating the website:
Robin Flinchum of Tacopa Springs and team member of Tomas Tomas,
Vivan Newdick of Boston, Francisco H. Vázquez, Ph. D - Sonoma State
University, Dinorah Gallegos of Santa Rosa, Luis Avila of El
and Eloisa Colin - Sonoma State University.
October 10th, 2005
Books and Computers are shipped to Patzcuaro. This winter, Moona O'Toole,
one of our board members will travel to southwest Mexico to begin setting
up a new library.
Moona O'Toole has just returned from Alamos, Mexico and is happy to report
that the library is in good condition and being used by around 600
children daily. Also the Mexican government has donated computers to the
library and a volunteer from Alamos will provide training.
Charles Tackett of Ford Motor Company has donated books to Tomas Tomas and
they along with several thousand other book will be shipped to one or more
of our prospective new library projects. (Barra de Potosi and Puacuaro)
Update in February 2007.