Yesterday Shawn took me to the Midtown Scholar Bookstore in Harrisburg and we spent over two hours browsing books. The collection is amazing! Their Web site says they are the biggest academic used bookstore between New York and Chicago and carry second hand and out-of-print scholarly books in all academic disciplines. They just finished renovating and re-opened on September 13, 2009.
The building itself is almost as amazing as the book collection. It was a 1920s movie theater renovated into a department store in the 1950s. There are six floors in a 10,000 square foot space. There are rows and rows of wooden and metal bookshelves. Most of them are only partially filled right now, which means they’re probably saving room for expansion.
As a Women’s Studies minor, I am always looking for feminist and gender studies books. The Midtown Scholar Bookstore carries the biggest selection of gender studies books I have seen outside of collegiate libraries. Shawn, the artist/graphic designer, was impressed with the entire floor filled with art books.
We only left the store because we needed to get some lunch. But even as we walked out we discussed when we would have time to return again.
You would think that working at a bookstore would make me get sick of looking at books, but that’s not at all true. Just walking into the Midtown Scholar Bookstore rejuvenated my passion for reading, writing, and learning.