Friends of East Shore Area Library (FESAL)


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2018 Friends Board and Committee Chairs

2018 FESAL

Photo courtesy of Barbara Eitnier (FESAL photographer)

Front row: Jama Calabro (Treasurer), Andy Morrison (Recording Secretary), Teresa Heagy, Nancy Musmanno (Corresponding Secretary), Mimi Weakland (Membership)

Second row: Barb Selgas, Henry Greenawald (Ways & Means), Fred Heagy (President), Betty Ann Petroski (Vice President), Bonnie Hindman (Past President, Ways & Means), Kathy Hord, Marjorie
McKensie (ESAL Administrator)

Absent: Pat Lacasse (Newsletter Editor)
,Sandy Stoner, Mary Egan


Become a Friend


As a member of FESAL, you are eligible to attend the annual meeting and the “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. Our membership year runs from January 1 through December 31. 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.


2018 Fall Book & Media Sale

Thursday, October 18th, 2018 - 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Friday, October 19th, - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday, October 20th, - 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Please note that we do not accept textbooks or encyclopedias.

Members Sale:
Wednesday, October 24th - 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM


Book and Media Sale:  
Thursday, October 25th, 2018 -10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Friday, October 26th, 2018 -10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday, October 27th, 2018 -10:00 AM to 2:00 PM


Contributions to ESAL

We have given ESAL $128,000 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. 



Spring Sale Quote

"At each book and media sale, Henry (Greenawald) and I say we just want to make more than the previous sale ”sorta” like Jerry Lewis used to say on his Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Telethon—“I just want to make $1 more than the last time.”  Well, I am very happy to report that not only did we make a dollar more than the last time, we had our best sale ever!  A total over $12,000!!!  The success is due to the dedication and hard work of our Friends’ volunteers and the donations of the books and media by the community.  If you would like to be a part of the joy we feel in providing these funds for our East Shore Library and would like to help with the Fall Book Sale, please call me at 717 433-8055.  We work hard, but we have a good time too."

- Bonnie Hindman, Ways & Means Chair


Friends of East Shore Area Library

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Fred Heagy
FESAL President 


Betty Ann Petroski
FESAL Vice President


Jama Calabro
FESAL Treasurer


Andy Morrison
FESAL Recording Secretary


Nancy Musmanno
FESAL Corresponding Secretary


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


Mimi Weakland
FESAL Member at Large / Membership / Website Coordinator


Jama Calabro
FESAL Bylaws


Teresa Heagy
FESAL Member at Large


Barb Selgas
FESAL Member at Large 


Kathy Hord
FESAL Member at Large


Claire Saul
FESAL Member at Large


Pat Lacasse
FESAL Newsletter Editor


Nancy Musmanno
FESAL Hospitality Co-chair


Mary Egan
FESAL Hospitality Co-chair


Sandy Stoner
FESAL Community Relations


Barbara Eitnier
FESAL Photographer


  • Number of members: 309 (as of 3/12/18)
    • 337 (2017)
    • 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 2017 we gave $26,000 to ESAL
    • Small reserve fund kept by Friends
    • Where sales are held: East Shore Area Library
  • Member of Pennsylvania Citizens for Better Libraries (PCBL)
  • Member of Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA)
  • 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