• Friends of East Shore Area Library (FESAL)

    east shore area library friends



    2014 FESAL Officers and Board Members

    2014 fesal board members
    Top row: Marjorie McKensie—ESAL Admin., Minta Johnson, Jama Calabro, Nancy Musmanno, Claire Saul, Nancy Schwanger. Middle row: Nancy Gold, Fred Heagy, Bonnie Hindman, Dr. Henry Greenawald. Front row: Pat Lacasse, Greg Snyder, Mimi Weakland, Mary Egan. Absent from photo: Andy Morrison & Cheryl Goldman


    2014 Annual Meeting

    Our guest speaker for the Annual Meeting on September 23, 2014, was Mary Klaus, medical missionary. Mrs. Klaus discussed her experiences participating in worldwide medical mission trips. Her volunteer missionary work has taken her around the globe to Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Thailand, Ukraine, Peru, Romania, Nicaragua, Uruguay, Philippines, Ecuador, Tanzania, Haiti, Vietnam, Honduras twice, the Sudan twice and then India. She shared interesting stories of her experiences as a nurse and made us realize how much we have in America compared to other countries. Donations of eyeglasses, sunglasses and toothbrushes were donated to Mrs. Klaus to assist with her medical missions.

    The membership also voted on a Bylaws change regarding the year end review of the financial records by an individual appointed by the board each year. This change preserves the requirement in the Bylaws or an independent year-end review of the financial records but alters the method and timing of the review.

    Following the meeting and program, attendees enjoyed socializing and refreshments.

    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.


    Another Successful Fall Book Sale

    Yeah, we did it again!! The Fall Book sale was another success in many ways. First, we made $10,895.90, a very pleasing number, second we had no complaints about rude people grabbing books or blocking the aisles and third, we received many compliments on the organization of the books in our sale. The compliments are due to a group of about 109 volunteers who give their time, sweat, (and tears?) to create the best arrangement of the many books in a limited space. Many volunteers worked hard sorting, arranging, and sometimes alphabetizing the books and the customers noticed and appreciated the work with their kind comments. One person said, “This is organized better than the Hershey Book Sale.”—which is considered by many to be the premiere book sale in the area. Great job volunteers and thank-you members for your support.

    Spring Book Sale

    Thursday, April 23 – 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
    Friday, April 24 - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    Saturday, April 25 - 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

    Members Sale:
    Wednesday, April 29 - 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Can join at the door.

    Book Sale:
    Thursday, April 30 - 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
    Friday, May 1 - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    Saturday, May 2 - 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 b2hindman@aol.com.

    Click here for more information on all Friends Events.


    Contributions to ESAL

    We have given ESAL $132,870 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 $3,000 for various programs.

    Friends of East Shore Area Library

    • Number of members: 188 (as of 2/8/15)
      • 356 (2014)
      • 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 2014 we gave $25,000 to ESAL & $1170 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



    Cheryl Goldman
    FESAL President
    H- 657-8129

    Bonnie Hindman
    FESAL Vice President / Ways & Means / Book Sale Co-Chair

    Betty Ann Petroski
    FESAL Recording Secretary

    Nancy Musmanno
    FESAL Corresponding Secretary

    Jama Calabro
    FESAL Treasurer

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

    Greg Snyder
    FESAL Member at Large / Publicity & Public Relations Co-chair

    Anita McCarthy
    FESAL Member at Large / Publicity & Public Relations Co-chair

    Minta Johnson
    FESAL Member at Large / History

    Mary Egan
    FESAL Member at Large

    Fred Heagy
    FESAL Member at Large

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

    Pat Lacasse
    FESAL Newsletter Editor

    Andy Morrison
    FESAL Advocacy

    Nancy Gold
    FESAL Bylaws



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