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    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


    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

    The dedicated, hard-working volunteers and Friends of the East Shore Area Library have produced another successful book sale this Fall. Although not the highest sale ever, the amount of $10,743 is quite amazing when you consider that paperbacks sell at three for $2 and most hardback books are $2 or $3.

    During the sale, the cashiers once again saw random acts of kindness. One incident involved a young mother holding her young child in her arms while digging in her pockets for $5 to pay for children’s books and only being able to find $2. A young woman standing nearby observed what was happening and stepped forward with $5 to pay for the mother’s books and told the mother to keep her $2. In another incident a volunteer paid for a young boy to have a book. We have the best customers and volunteers at our sale.

    We’ve been asked what we do with the books that didn’t sell. Many of the unsold books are donated to various places in the community. Middletown library volunteers select books for their library and book sale. Individuals pick books to send to our Armed Forces, to give to churches, to send to Appalachia, and to give to the HACC nursing students who give to the children at the food bank on the “Hill” and on the streets of the city. A dealer from Perry County takes what is left and he donates to the Newport library and churches in Perry County.

    Spring Book Sale

    Thursday, April 24-10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
    Friday, April 25-10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    Saturday, April 26-10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

    Members Sale:
    Wednesday, April 30 -1:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Can join at the door

    Book Sale:
    Thursday, May 1-10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
    Friday, May 2-10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    Saturday, May 3-10:00 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 $119,825 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.

    Friends of East Shore Area Library

    • Number of members: 260 (as of 4/20/14)
      • 387 (2013)
      • 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 2013 we gave $27,765 to ESAL
      • 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

    Cheryl Goldman
    FESAL Vice President

    Minta Johnson
    FESAL Recording Secretary/History

    Nancy Musmanno
    FESAL Corresponding Secretary

    Jama Calabro
    FESAL Treasurer

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

    Pat Lacasse
    FESAL Newsletter Editor

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

    Henry Greenawald
    FESAL Ways & Means/Book Sale Co-Chair

    Andy Morrison
    FESAL Advocacy

    Greg Snyder
    FESAL Publicity & Public Relations Chair

    Nancy Gold
    FESAL Member-At-Large/By-Laws

    Claire Saul
    FESAL Member-At-Large

    Mary Egan
    FESAL Member-At-Large

    Fred Heagy
    FESAL Member-At-Large

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