• Friends of East Shore Area Library (FESAL)

    east shore area library friends



    2015 Friends Board and Committee Chairs

    2015 fesal board members
    Top row: Marjorie McKensie–ESAL Admin., Mary Egan, Bonnie Hindman–Vice President, Andy Morrison, Barbara Eitnier, Nancy Gold; Middle row: Jama Calabro–Treasurer, Cheryl Goldman–President, Minta Johnson, Nancy Musmanno–Corresponding Secretary, Mimi Weakland; Front row: Greg Snyder, Fred Heagy, Betty Ann Petroski–Recording Secretary, Anita McCarthy, Pat Lacasse. Missing from photo–Henry Greenawald.


    You are Invited to Attend the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Friends of the East Shore Area Library and 50th Anniversary Celebration!

     fesal polly murphy with racoonSeptember 22, 2015, 1:00 pm
    East Shore Area Library
    Meeting Rooms A & B (lower level)

    RSVP requested by September 4, 2015
    Call Andy at 652-5539 or register online at dcls.org

    Come and help us celebrate the Friends’ 50 years of service at the ESAL Library. Following a short business meeting, we are pleased to have Polly Murphy, co-chairman of the Linglestown 250th Anniversary celebration committee, as the guest speaker. She will show photos from the past and tell us of future events planned for this year for the Linglestown Anniversary celebration.

    Polly and her husband, Joe, owned The Children’s Bookshelf in Linglestown, PA which they ran from 1988 until 1995.

    Polly states: “I love the written word. Whether it is a note, an email, a blog or especially a book.

    One of my goals is to instill the love of reading in children. Starting from the time I owned my own preschool in my swinging single days and years later when I taught at Northwood Nursery School here in Harrisburg.

    I later worked in the Community Service Department of The Patriot News as the Project Coordinator of Scholastic Writing for the Susquehanna Valley. I loved working with the hundreds of creative student authors and their teachers. Every Spring I give a book talk at the Capital Reading Council featuring the new Newbery and Caldecott Award winner.”

    Polly has two interesting blogs: http://250yearsoflinglestownpa.blogspot.com and http://grandmothersunite.blogspot.com. To quote a great author: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

    There will be photos and memorabilia, past and present, about ESAL and the Friends on display, and also door prizes, tours of the library, food, and musical entertainment. So come on out and join your Library Friends for a relaxing, interesting afternoon. Perhaps you will meet some new friends!

    david klees fesal genealogyGenealogy on the Computer

    A wealth of free, genealogy related information and websites will be discussed at this educational program presented by David Klees. David has been tracing his own family tree for 45 years, dabbled as a professional genealogist and also has translated Pennsylvania German church records. Join us for this free program!

    East Shore Area Library
    Meeting Rooms A & B (lower level)
    September 15, 2015
    7:00 to 8:30 pm
    Click here to register.

    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 Spring Book Sale

    The Friends of the East Shore Area Library Spring 2015 book sale held at the beginning of May was another success breaking the $10,200 mark. The volunteers and the Friends Board put in long hours collecting, sorting, organizing, and selling the books. Many compliments were received by the cashiers as people were checking out and paying for their books and that makes all the hard work worthwhile. A big thank-you to all the volunteers and also to the customers that buy the books.

    Fall Book Sale

    Thursday, October 15 – 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
    Friday, October 16 - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    Saturday, October 17 - 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

    Members Sale:
    Wednesday, October 21 - 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Can join at the door.

    Book Sale:
    Thursday, October 22 - 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
    Friday, October 23 - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    Saturday, October 24 - 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 $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: 303 (as of 8/2/15)
      • 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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