Friends of East Shore Area Library (FESAL)


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2019 Friends Board and Committee Chairs



Photo courtesy of Barbara Eitnier (FESAL photographer)

Front row: Teresa Heagy (Website) and Fred Heagy (Immediate Past President, Historian)

Second row: Jama Calabro (Immediate Past Treasurer), Mimi Weakland (Membership), Patricia Crawford, Betty Ann Petroski (President, Bylaws), Andy Morrison (Recording Secretary), and Nancy Musmanno (Corresponding Secretary, Hospitality)

Third row:Marjorie McKensie (ESAL Administrator), Henry Greenawald (Ways and Means), Barb Selgas (Publicity and Public Relations), Claire Saul, Mel Philips, Pat Lacasse (NewsletterEditor), and Kathy Hord


Not Pictured: Sandy Stoner (Community Relations), Mary Egan (Hospitality), Bonnie Hindman (Vice President, Ways & Means),  Anna Franco, and Allan Bogar (Treasurer).


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


Annual Meeting

Guest Speaker: M. Diane McCormick

Author, Freelance Writer, and Journalist

Take a pub crawl through time with M. Diane McCormick, author of “Well-Behaved Taverns Seldom Make History: Pennsylvania Pubs Where Rabble-Rousers and Rum Runners Stirred Up Revolutions” (Sunbury Press, 2018).  Diane is a freelance writer and journalist whose fascination with history, and a stop at the Jean Bonnet Tavern in Bedford, inspired this collection of the uprisings, insurrections, espionage, hangings, and bootlegging conspiracies in 12 Pennsylvania taverns where visitors can still enjoy good food and drink.

Winner of a first-place Keystone Press Award in 2017, Diane writes for The Burg, Susquehanna Style, and other publications.  She has been press secretary for a Pennsylvania House of Representatives leader and gubernatorial candidate, and communications director for Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, a statewide children’s policy advocate. “Well-Behaved Taverns Seldom Make History” is her first book.

M. Diane McCormick's website >

Well Behaved Taverns on Facebook >


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. If you can help for collection and/or sale, please contact Bonnie Hindman at (717)-433-8055.


2019 Fall Book & Media Sale


Thursday, October 17 - 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Friday, October 18 - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Saturday, October 19 - 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM


Members Sale:

Wednesday, October 23 - 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM


Book and Media Sale:

Thursday, October 24 - 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Friday, October 25 - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Saturday, October 26 - 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

*Please note that we do not accept donations of textbooks or encyclopedias.



Contributions to ESAL

We have given ESAL $131,700.00 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

“They did it again! Those fabulous, tireless volunteers worked very hard to prepare the rooms (the Henry Greenawald Children’s Room and Rooms A and B) for the Spring Book Sale. After all the planning, sorting and organizing to set up the rooms and spending hours and hours at the four day sale their efforts paid off.

Once again I am happy to report this sale was now the best ever: $13,914.90!

We are so thankful for the support of our members and customers that made this possible.

Now we rest for a few months and in October (from the 23 to the 26) we once again will try to beat the highest sale. Please come and help us reach $14,000."

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

Learn More about becoming a Friend of the Library



Betty Ann Petroski
FESAL President / Bylaws


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


Allan Bogar
FESAL Treasurer



Andy Morrison
FESAL Recording Secretary



Nancy Musmanno
FESAL Corresponding Secretary/ Hospitality Co-Chair


Henry Greenawald
FESAL Member at Large/ Ways and Means Co-Chair/ Book Sale Co-Chair 


Kathy Hord
FESAL Member at Large 



Claire Saul
FESAL Member at Large


Patricia Crawford

FESAL Member at Large


Anna Franco

FESAL Member at Large


Mel Philips

FESAL Member at Large


Fred Heagy
FESAL  Historian/ Immediate Past President


Mimi Weakland
FESAL Membership

 >> FESAL Application Form


Pat Lacasse
FESAL Newsletter Editor


Barb Selgas

FESAL Publicity and Public Relations


Teresa Heagy
FESAL Website Coordinator


Sandy Stoner
FESAL Community Relations


Mary Egan
FESAL Hospitality Co-chair


Barbara Eitnier
FESAL Photographer


  • Number of members: 310 (as of 6/25/19)
    •  334 (2018)
    • 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 2018 we gave $31,200 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




A huge thank you to David Klees for sharing his presentation of Pennsylvania German Geneology on May 20, 2019! There were 35 people in attendance. They got to hear some of the amazing history of the different religious groups and sects that make up the various branches of our Pennsylvania German families, as well as how the title “Dutch” in PA Dutch came about.

Thank you again, David, for that wonderful presentation and we hope you’ll be back with a new presentation for us all again soon!