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.
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 [email protected] Thank you for your interest!
We are redesigning our local-authors consignment program! Later this year, we will reopen to competitive submissions and select the best print books by Central Pennsylvania authors to offer for sale on short-term consignment. If you are a local author interested in holding a book signing or book-release event and wish to submit your book for consideration, please check back here in the fall, when we will post a link to the online submission-forms.