Friends of East Shore Area Library (FESAL)

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2017 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.


2017 Friends Fall Book Sale

The second highest book sale in sales of $11,186.98 was recently achieved this past October--a truly remarkable task that is the result of fabulous volunteers who once again gave sweat equity and long hours.

New at this sale were sturdy shelves that allowed the boxes of books that used to be stacked on the floor in the hall to now be shelved.  The shelves were purchased by the Friends.  Thanks to Jama Calabro for spearheading this and a number of volunteers for helping organizing the hall books.

Also, KUDO’s to the tear down team.  It usually had taken almost an hour and a half to two hours to box all the leftover books and get them on the truck.  This time they amazingly had everything on the truck in 25 minutes.  After loading the truck there is still work to be done:  tables need to be cleaned, broken down, and stored; books that we keep for the next sale must be stored; collection and sale items must be returned to the shed; cardboard boxes must be broken down and taken to the trash; and the money needs to be counted.  After all this was going on, I looked around and saw a volunteer, Romney Noone, sweeping the floor and stage.  What a great group of volunteers—from the set-up-to the daily sale–to the tear down–we appreciate each and every one of you.  You are our success story.


2018 Spring Book & Media Sale

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Friday, April 27, 2018 - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Please note that we do not accept textbooks or encyclopedias.

Members Sale:
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Please note new hours for 2018


Book and Media Sale:  
Thursday, May 3, 2018 -10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Friday, May 4, 2018 -10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday, May 5, 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. 


Friends of East Shore Area Library

Learn More about becoming a Friend of the Library



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
>> FESAL Application Form - Become a Friend


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: 299 (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