Friends of East Shore Area Library (FESAL)

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2017 Friends Board and Committee Chairs

2017 FESAL

Photo courtesy of Barbara Eitnier (FESAL photographer) 
Front row: Minta Johnson, Pat Lacasse, Teresa Heagy, Bonnie Hindman (Past President), Mimi Weakland 
Second row: Henry Greenawald (Vice President), Fred Heagy (President), Claire Saul (Corresponding Secretary), Betty Ann Petroski (Recording Secretary), Nancy Gold (Treasurer) 
Back row: Jama Calabro, Barbara Selgas, Andy Morrison, Anita McCarthy, Mark Mendlow, Toni Donchak, Marjorie McKensie (ESAL Administrator)



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. 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.


2016 Friends fall BOOK SALE

The Fall Book Sale fell a little short of making five figures but netted a very respectable amount of $9,507.62. I want to thank all the volunteers who spent many, many hours sorting, categorizing, arranging, and in some cases alphabetizing the books. During the collection, the volunteers had to deal with a lot of books that had to be sent directly to the recycle center. Please remind your neighbors and friends that we do not take magazines, textbooks, or musty, yellowed, torn, dirty books. As Dr. Henry Greenawald says, “If you wouldn’t put it in YOUR living room we don’t want it.”

If you haven’t volunteered in the past because you can’t stand for periods of time, we now have a sitting job—guarding the donation jar in the hall. If you would like to give an hour or two sitting at the donation table just call Bonnie Hindman at 433-8055.


Spring Book Sale


Thursday, April 27 – 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Friday,     April 28  - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday, April 29  - 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Please note that we do not accept textbooks or encyclopedias.

Members Sale:
Wednesday, May 3 - 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Can join at the door.

Book Sale:
Thursday, May 4 - 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Friday,     May 5  - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday, May 6  - 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

Click here for more information on all Friends Events.


Contributions to ESAL

We have given ESAL $132,015 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

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Fred Heagy
FESAL President 


Henry Greenawald
FESAL Vice President / Ways & Means / Book Sale Co-chair


Nancy Gold
FESAL Treasurer


Betty Ann Petroski
FESAL Recording Secretary


Claire Saul
FESAL Corresponding Secretary


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


Mimi Weakland
FESAL Member at Large/Membership Website Coordinator
>> FESAL Application Form - Become a Friend


Jama Calabro
FESAL Member at Large / Bylaws


Toni Donchak
FESAL Member at Large


Mark Mendlow
FESAL Member at Large


Teresa Heagy
FESAL Member at Large


Barb Selgas
FESAL Member at Large 


Pat Lacasse
FESAL Newsletter Editor


Andy Morrison
FESAL Advocacy


Minta Johnson
FESAL History


Anita McCarthy
FESAL Publicity & Public Relations Chair


Nancy Musmanno
FESAL Hospitality Co-chair


Mary Egan
FESAL Hospitality Co-chair


Sandy Stoner
FESAL Community Relations


Barbara Eitnier
FESAL Photographer


  • Number of members: 203 (as of 3/19/17)
    • 337 (2016)
    • 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 2016 we gave $26,500 to ESAL & $300 to DCLS
    • 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