Friends of East Shore Area Library (FESAL)


esa friends


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 (Treasurer, Bylaws), Mimi Weakland (Membership), Patricia Crawford, Betty Ann Petroski (President), 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


Absent: Sandy Stoner (Community Relations), Mary Egan (Hospitality), Bonnie Hindman (Vice President, Ways & Means), and Anna Franco


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


2019 Spring Book & Media Sale

Thursday, May 2 - 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Friday, May 3 - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday, May 4 - 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Members Sale:
Wednesday, May 8 - 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Book and Media Sale:  
Thursday, May 9 - 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Friday, May 10 - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday, May 11 - 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM


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. 



Fall Sale Quote

“I hope you didn’t miss the new addition to our Friends of the East Shore Area Library Book Sale. We had all of the children and youth books across the hall in the Greenawald Room. It was not an easy task but volunteers led by Andy Morrison and Betty Ann Petroski turned the room into a place where children and parents had room to browse the labeled and displayed books. Some parents even found room to sit down and read to their children and we never saw this when the books were on the stage.

Having the stage available then for other books allowed more room for us to display the adult books and we received many comments on how nice the room looked and how much easier it was to find specific titles. Our dedicated volunteers put in long hours and hard work. When we receive compliments, it makes all of it worthwhile.

At the end of the sale while the clean-up crew was boxing books, lifting and putting books in trucks, sweeping floors, cleaning tables, and taking down shelves, we received the happy news that this was our second most successful sale, over $11,500.00. A cheer went up and happy but tired volunteers left eager to do it again in the spring.

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 Spring 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


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


 Jama Calabro
FESAL Treasurer/ Bylaws



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: 230 (as of 4/20/19)
    •  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



(Look around! There’s always something happening in the neighborhood!)

Pennsylvania German Genealogy Program


If you’ve got an interest in history and genealogy, we’ve got a program coming here to  the East Shore Area Library. David Klees is giving a program of Pennsylvania German Genealogy on May 20, 2019.


Registration is not required.



East Shore Area Library

4501 Ethel Street

Harrisburg, Pa 17109


Meeting Rooms A & B on the lower level of the library



May 20, 2019 at 6pm