Midtown Scholar Bookstore-Cafe
Award-winning Independent Booksellers | Since 2001

Community use

 
 

Community

 

Programs & Events

If you are an area resident and would like to propose a literary or community event that is free and open to the public, we are glad to consider it.

Possibilities include musical performances, book clubs, writing groups, family activities, school visits, college seminars, small-group meetings of local nonprofits, and larger community events sponsored by area organizations, depending on space and staffing availablity.

We do not offer bookstore-cafe space for private rentals or commercial use. 

To propose a literary or community program, please create an application account and submit an "Event Planning" request through our Partnership Planning System (CLICK HERE)Requests should be made at least 2-3 weeks in advance of your desired date. 


Musicians

As part of the Midtown Scholar Bookstore-Cafe's emphasis on community outreach and cultural enrichment, our Friday night coffeehouse-style concerts are free and open to the public. With no cover charge, we cannot offer remuneration to performers, but visiting artists are welcome to request tips and sell merchandise.

We give preference to local singer-songwriters and musicians from the Central Pennsylvania region.

Our venue is unique as it is an operating bookstore-cafe, which means that the house lights will be up during all performances, and customers will be browsing while musicians are playing onstage. The MainStage is outfitted with an excellent soundboard, and a store representative is typically available to help musicians plug in and check the sound. However, we do not have the staffing to provide a dedicated sound person during a performance. We also ask that musicians do not bring amps or full percussion sets, since the acoustics of the space and the layout of the stage cannot accommodate these.

To propose a musical performance, please create an application account and submit an "Event Planning" request through our Partnership Planning System (CLICK HERE)Requests should be made at least 2-3 months in advance of your desired date. 

If you have questions or concerns regarding the musical performance submission and review process, please email events @ midtownscholar.com. Thank you for your interest!


Local AUthors

We regularly stock new releases by prominent regional authors. If you would like to submit a print book for consideration, please direct your publisher to send a press kit to shop @ midtownscholar.com. We give priority to books from established presses and with content related to Harrisburg history and culture.

For local authors who wish to host a book release event in our Community Room, please apply below. If your request is accepted, there is no charge to use the room, though we encourage you and your guests to be patrons of the bookstore-cafe. You may sell your book independently during the event. The bookstore does not directly promote these events in-store or online.

We strongly encourage local poets to participate in one of our weekly poetry groups, Thursday's Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel and Friday's Spoken Word Cafe + Reverend Nathaniel Gadsden's Writers' Wordshop, both of which include open mic readings where you may sell chapbooks.

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Our Community Room is available on select Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday evenings this fall for local authors' book-release events which may include a reception, signing, and reading. These may be open to the public; authors typically invite colleagues, friends and family. The bookstore does not directly promote these events in-store or online.
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