Top row: Marjorie McKensie–ESAL Admin., Mary Egan, Bonnie Hindman–Vice President, Andy Morrison, Barbara Eitnier, Nancy Gold; Middle row: Jama Calabro–Treasurer, Cheryl Goldman–President, Minta Johnson, Nancy Musmanno–Corresponding Secretary, Mimi Weakland; Front row: Greg Snyder, Fred Heagy, Betty Ann
Petroski–Recording Secretary, Anita McCarthy, Pat Lacasse. Missing from photo–Henry Greenawald.
FESAL's 50th Anniversary Party was a great success. Many door prizes were donated by local businesses and over 30 people were winners. Lower Paxton Township Supervisors and Rich Bowra, Executive Director of DCLS, were in attendance. A citation to commemorate our day, sponsored by State Rep. Ron Marsico, was presented to the Friends by Katharine Summers from his office.
As a member of FESAL, you are eligible to attend the annual meeting and also “Members Only” book sales during the membership year (normally the day before the public gets to buy books). You will also receive our Newsletter “Just Between Friends”. Individual membership dues are $5 per person. The following categories include donations and the members’ names will be recognized for their donations in our Newsletters: Bookworm ($20-$5 membership per person w/remainder as donation); Booklover ($30-$5 membership per person w/remainder as donation); and Bibliomaniac ($50-$5 membership per person w/remainder as donation). Additional donations are also appreciated and are passed on to the East Shore Area Library. Membership is open to anyone at least 18 years old. Children 17 and younger may attend the “Members Only” book sales with a parent or sibling who is a member.
Show your support for your community library. Become a “Friend” of the East Shore Area Library! FESAL is a nonprofit group, separate from the Dauphin County Library System. FESAL supports the East Shore Area Library (ESAL) with fundraising, special events, and advocacy.
Book sales are held in the spring and fall, normally April/May and October. Volunteer opportunities involve helping to collect, sort, and organize books at our book sales. Our books are all donated and many of our members volunteer their time to “work” at the sales. All of our proceeds from book sales, along with members’ donations, benefit ESAL.
—Tom Boone, Member
Volunteers don’t need to be reminded about their usual duties when the Friends of the East Shore Area Library hold their spring and fall book sales. The work takes on a routine quality after a few times. The volunteers may wish for a little variety now and then, but the setup and the sale go more smoothly if everything falls into place the way it has in the past.
Nobody wants much variety in the weather on the first day of setup. A balmy April or October morning with a clear sky pleases the crew bringing the books from the shed. Once the books reach the sale room, the usual comments and questions begin.
“The books in this box haven’t been sorted. Which category would you say this one falls into?”
“We don’t seem to be getting as many of her books as we used to. Do people still buy them?”
Sharing opinions about different authors and their work keeps the routine from becoming too monotonous and creates the sense that maybe this sale will feature something a little different. Nevertheless, the volunteers leaving at the end of the last shift see a familiar sight: Tables covered with rows of books and boxes of books beneath them.
The opening day of the sale brings observations regarding customers who have or haven’t come by and the sudden interest shown in something that hasn’t sold well in the past. An occasional surprise will make the volunteers’ work of straightening the books on the tables and waiting on customers seem less routine.
This fall a volunteer was helping a customer sort her purchases when she set aside a boxed collection of DVDs. Noticing that it contained feature films directed by Werner Herzog, the volunteer exclaimed, “Wow! I wish I’d known we had this on sale.”
“Actually I’ve decided not to take it,” the customer said. Finding an unexpected opportunity to purchase something special always makes a sale memorable.
As the volunteers were closing up after 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, they heard Bonnie Hindman announce that the sale had raised $10,791 for the library. A little while later, someone looked around the room emptied of the leftover books and said, “That didn’t seem to take so long as it usually does.” Nobody seemed to mind the difference.
Editor’s Note: Tom was a former Board Member of FESAL. He continues to devote time to work at our book sale as cashier where the large purchases of books are checked out. We are so fortunate to have such wonderful volunteers. A special thanks to all of the fantastic people who have devoted their time and energy at the book collection and the sale. It wouldn’t have happened without you!
Thursday, April 28 – 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Friday, April 29 - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday, April 30 - 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Please note that we do not accept textbooks or encyclopedias.
Wednesday, May 4 - 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Can join at the door.
Thursday, May 5 - 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Friday, May 6 - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday, May 7 - 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
If you’d like to be part of a special volunteer group for the upcoming collections and/or sales, please contact Bonnie Hindman at 433-8055 or email@example.com.
Click here for more information on all Friends Events.
We have given ESAL $134,415 over the past five years from our fundraising, which has allowed the library to purchase books, shelving, chairs, display fixtures, and more. This amount included $50,000 for the renovation of the former computer lab space into a special room for children’s programming, now known as the Dr. Henry Greenawald Room. In addition, we gave DCLS over $4,500 for various programs.
Learn More about becoming a Friend of the Library
Bonnie HindmanFESAL President / Ways & Means / Book Sale Co-ChairC - firstname.lastname@example.org
Fred HeagyFESAL Vice Presidentfjheagy@yahoo.com
Betty Ann PetroskiFESAL Recording Secretarybettyannread@comcast.net
Claire SaulFESAL Corresponding Secretarycjcsaul@comcast.net
Nancy GoldFESAL Treasurer / BylawsNancy_gold@comcast.net
Henry GreenawaldFESAL Member at Large / Ways & Means / Book Sale Coemail@example.com
Minta JohnsonFESAL Member at Large / Historymjohnson89@verizon.net
Anita McCarthyFESAL Member at Large / Publicity & Public Relations Chairadm1105@aol.com
Jama CalabroFESAL Member at Largejamapsu@hotmail.com
Toni DonchakFESAL Member at Largeadonchak@verizon.net
Mark MendlowFESAL Member at Largemmendlow2001@gmail.com
Mimi WeaklandFESAL Membership & Website Coordinatormimiw1229@comcast.net>> FESAL Application Form - Become a Friend
Pat LacasseFESAL Newsletter Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancy MusmannoFESAL Hospitality Coemail@example.com
Mary EganFESAL Hospitality Cofirstname.lastname@example.org
Andy MorrisonFESAL Advocacyanbook@comcast.net
Sandy StonerFESAL Community Relationssrsfbi@verizon.net
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