• Friends of East Shore Area Library (FESAL)

    east shore area library friends


    2016 Friends Board and Committee Chairs

    2016 FESAL Board

    Top row: Mimi Weakland (Membership Chair), Nancy Musmanno, Jama Calabro, Toni Donchak, Minta Johnson
    Middle row: Fred Heagy (Vice President), Henry Greenawald, Mark Mendlow, Nancy Gold (Treasurer), Anita McCarthy 
    Front row: Marjorie McKensie (ESAL Administrator), Betty Ann Petroski (Recording Secretary), Bonnie Hindman (President), 
    Claire Saul (Corresponding Secretary) Absent: Pat Lacasse Photographer: Barbara Eitnier


    FESAL 50th Anniversary Party Highlights

  • 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.

    Become a Friend


    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.

    >> FESAL Application Form


    Book Sales

    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.


    Always Something a Little Different

    —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!

    FALL Book Sale

    Thursday, October 13 – 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
    Friday, October 14  - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    Saturday, October 15 - 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

    Please note that we do not accept textbooks or encyclopedias.

    Members Sale:
    Wednesday, October 19 - 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Can join at the door.

    Book Sale:
    Thursday, October 20 - 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
    Friday, October 21  - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    Saturday, October 22 - 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 bonniehindman@gmail.com.

    Click here for more information on all Friends Events.


    Contributions to ESAL

    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, a Microform Reader, educational toys, book carts, 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.

    Friends of East Shore Area Library

    • Number of members: 305 (as of 5/21/16)
      • 340 (2015)
      • Membership year is January 1 - December 31
      • We continually accept renewing & new members.
    • Frequency of meetings: monthly
    • Average number attending meetings: 10-12 (Board)
    • Frequency of book sales: 2/year (April/May; Oct)
      • In 2015 we gave $23,000 to ESAL & $1,270 to DCLS
      • Small reserve fund kept by Friends
      • Where sales are held: East Shore Area Library
    • Other regular & special Friends activities: Pitch in with library projects; phone tree for library advocacy; possibly sponsor programs in addition to Summer Reading Club prizes; sponsor Adult Programming

    Learn More about becoming a Friend of the Library



    Bonnie Hindman
    FESAL President / Ways & Means / Book Sale Co-Chair
    C - 433-8055

    Fred Heagy
    FESAL Vice President

    Betty Ann Petroski
    FESAL Recording Secretary

    Claire Saul
    FESAL Corresponding Secretary

    Nancy Gold
    FESAL Treasurer / Bylaws

    Henry Greenawald
    FESAL Member at Large / Ways & Means / Book Sale Co-chair

    Minta Johnson
    FESAL Member at Large / History

    Anita McCarthy
    FESAL Member at Large / Publicity & Public Relations Chair

    Jama Calabro
    FESAL Member at Large

    Toni Donchak
    FESAL Member at Large

    Mark Mendlow
    FESAL Member at Large

    Mimi Weakland
    FESAL Membership & Website Coordinator
    >> FESAL Application Form - Become a Friend

    Pat Lacasse
    FESAL Newsletter Editor

    Nancy Musmanno
    FESAL Hospitality Co-chair

    Mary Egan
    FESAL Hospitality Co-chair

    Andy Morrison
    FESAL Advocacy

    Sandy Stoner
    FESAL Community Relations


Enter your email and password below to access dcls.org advanced features. Passwords are case sensitive.


Forgotten password? New Users? REGISTER NOW! Login help Access your Library account. Download eBooks.