Monday, May 29th, 2017, 9am - 5pm
Please contact our e-commerce division at tracking @ midtownscholar.com or (717) 236-2665 with questions about online orders.
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.
Programs & Events
We accept a select number of print books by Central Pennsylvania authors for sale on short-term consignment. We review consignment requests on a semi-annual basis. If you are a local author interested in holding a book signing or book-release event and wish to submit your book for consideration during our next review, please create an application account and submit an "Event Planning" request through our Partnership Planning System (CLICK HERE).
Thursdays and Saturdays, 2pm-6pm. You do not need an appointment. Thursdays we are able to offer same day cash or store credit. Saturdays we can only offer same day store credit, or you can leave your books for further evaluation and we will get back to you within a few days with a cash offer.
While we buy books in a variety of subject areas, we prefer the following:
WHAT WE LOOK FOR
Scholarly titles and university presses
Art Books – the more specific the better
History – especially Civil War and Pennsylvania topics
Famous authors - books they wrote, criticism, theory
Rare or antiquarian books – including ephemera, maps, interesting manuscripts, and prints
Uncommon titles in interesting subject areas
WHAT WE're Not LOOKing FOR
Fiction – unless it is recent (published in the last three years), in demand and in good condition. Otherwise most fiction titles are published in large quantities and already widely available in the used-book marketplace.
Mass market paperbacks – these books are not generally designed to stand the test of time. Condition and appearance are very important.
“Old books” - unless they are rare or collectible, being old does not necessarily make a book valuable. It must still be in demand and be of interest to today’s readers.
Damaged Books – meaning those that are dirty, very worn, water damaged, or missing parts.
College and high school textbooks – unless they are the most recent edition.
Magazines, Encyclopedias, or DVDs.
Unless we can sell the book for more than seven dollars, we will likely only pay $1 or less. If we can sell the book for more than $10, we will offer you a reasonable percentage of our perceived retail price. We pay by check or store credit (and will offer even more for the latter).
We cannot give you an accurate value of a book over the phone or based on a written or oral description; we have to see a book in person.
We only make house calls by appointment and for large and unusual collections. Please inquire by phone at (717) 236-1680 or email to email@example.com if you have any questions.
As part of the Midtown Scholar Bookstore-Cafe's emphasis on community outreach and cultural enrichment, our 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your interest!