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“Book Lovers Paradise”

Midtown Scholar Bookstore
Ranked #2 of 8 Shopping in Harrisburg
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Owner description: The Midtown Scholar is an award-winning bookstore & cafe. With over 100,000 used, discount, & rare books in inventory, we have the largest collection of used books between New York and Chicago. Over 1 million books are available online! The Little Scholar, has hundreds of great children's and young adult titles and features weekly activities! The Yellow Wall Gallery features a different artist monthly. Also stop in to Robinson's Rare Books and Fine Prints Room. The cafe provides excellent service and great products including Counter Culture Coffee and Rishi Tea. We host dozens of book clubs and community events weekly, as well as live music on weekends. Stop in and see for yourself why the Midtown Scholar is the hidden gem of Harrisburg! OPEN 7 DAYS!
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“Book Lovers Paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2013

Book Lovers beware! If you enter here, you will find it difficult to leave. Beautiful facility. We loved discovering hidden treasures on all the various levels. Browsing is encouraged, but If you need assistance, it is readily available. I loved the huge poetry and art section. If you are in a hurry, access their online site a few days before your visit and they will pull the books you want and have them waiting for you in the store. But really - it's so much more fun exploring the stacks yourself.

Visited January 2013
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Reading, Pennsylvania
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“Amazing selection”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2013

The Midtown Scholar is almost as impressive as Powell's. They have tons of levels and books in every category imaginable. It's easy to spend hours here just browsing. They also have a room with rare books and prints, which is pretty neat to look at.

Visited January 2013
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Arlington, Virginia
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“An extraordinary collection of books; cozy atmospere & great coffee”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2012

Great collections of new and used books, amazing books of art, design and history, and many University press books. Some great bargins, some hard to find elsewhere, and a great place to spend hours and hours browsing.

Visited December 2012
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Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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“Great place to hang out in Harrisburg”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2012

We had read about this place and wanted to see what it was about. It is a cavernous bookstore/coffee shop/bakery on North Third St., a few blocks north of Forrester. We were amazed at the size, on 4 levels, and the amount. of new, used and rare books. There is a lovely old fashioned saloon bar, where you can order drinks, snacks, etc. Prices were slightly high--$2 for a cup of regular coffee and $.3.25 for a medium hot chocolate which was fair and not "hot.". There is free WiFi and many tables around the place. When we were there, most of the patrons were sitting at tables, reading, using the internet, etc. We saw few people actually browsing. In one section is a stage for events and the store hosts poetry readings, music, etc,

We were impressed that Harrisburg would have an interesting, independent bookstore where you could go and spend time in a leisurely fashion. The neighborhood is a little rough around the edges. The Broad St. Market is across the street. There is metered street parking (which we were told by people outside that went to 4 PM, although we did not see any signs indicating that) and there is parking in the rear.

Visited December 2012
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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“nice place to go.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2012

I had sold some old books here. On Thursdays they buy books. I got what I thought was a fair price for my books.
I had a coffee and muffin, Not bad for the price and they had enough places to sit as well.

Visited September 2012
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