Symposia Community Bookstore, Inc. is a PUBLIC BENEFIT nonprofit corporation in Hoboken NJ, organized and operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes. Specifically, we operate a thrift shop consisting of books and offer our shop location to be used as a community center.
510 Washington St., Hoboken, NJ 07030.
For more information call 201 805 1739

Upcoming Events

YIN Between Books 

Fridays at 9 am

Come explore with us this slow-paced, meditative yoga practice in this ~1 hour yoga class located between the bookshelves at Symposia Bookstore. 

Yin yoga poses are held statically for longer periods of time, mainly on the floor, to help safely improve joint mobility and increase flexibility through deep stretching of the body's connective tissues. Poses can be adaptable to everyone with props and variations offered. Complement your active week by discovering a sense of calm with yin.  

Instructor: Gina Meusel, a registered yoga teacher in Hoboken.  

Registration required at 

Suggested donation $8-10. 50% of proceeds go to Symposia Bookstore 

All the props/mats will be provided.


Hoboken Book Club   

Mondays May 9th, May 16th at 6:30 pm

Due to increased popularity, the Hoboken Book Club will meet twice a month.    

For our APRIL book club meetings we will be discussing the book:  

'All the Light We Cannot See' by Anthony Doerr

Please register in advance for your chosen date or you can attend both. 

by contacting Anel at a 917-488-9336   or

We ask for a $5 donation which will go towards Symposia Bookstore and it will entitle you to ONE free book from the shelves of the bookstore.  

Our May 2022 book will be "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot


Open Mic Night –Tuesday, May 17th at 7:30pm 

You know you’re talented. It’s the way you tell a joke, the emotional reaction you elicit when you read poetry, and no one can bang out a tune like you do.

Now, it’s time to show the world and it all starts with the Open Mic at Symposia. While it’s not a definite that record producers or other talent scouts will be there, it is a certainty that the crowd is easy and the snacks are salty. So come out and share 15 minutes of your best material (covers or originals) and bask in the mutual appreciation of your gifted neighbors.  Let us know you’re coming by rsvp’ing. 

*Suggested donation $5 to support our beloved non-profit Symposia Bookstore. *

Use this link to RSVP: 


Looking to reconnect with your inner child? Puppetonia can help! Our shows are guaranteed fun for the whole family, young and old! The little ones will love our adorably mischievous puppets - and so will you! (Lucky for you, we only charge for the kids:)


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Rent Our Place

Symposia Bookstore space can be rented for workshops, community groups, artistic events or birthday parties organized through Puppetonia. The store has tables, seating for about 40 people, a large screen and amplification system available upon request. The store has been used for shootings by independent movie companies, by musicians for concerts and visual artists for exhibitions.

To inquire about holding your event at Symposia Bookstore, please call at (201) 963-0909 or send an email at

We do not provide catering, but you are welcome to bring food and drinks for your event.

Symposia hopes that everyone is staying safe and well read!  

As you may have noticed, we are very excited to start our in-person events! Come participate or visit us during our opening hours 12 pm to 5 pm 7 days a week! 

We are looking for VOLUNTEERS to shelf books and/or help customers. 

Flexible hours, great environment, free books! 

Other Ways to Help Symposia

DONATE YOUR BOOKS!  Symposia stays in business by selling donated books online. 

Donate your used shipping supplies: In an effort to stay environmentally friendly, Symposia Bookstore welcomes donations of used clean shipping materials like bubble wrap and bubble mailers/envelopes. 

BUY FROM SYMPOSIA!  Need new reading material? Peruse Symposia’s inventory with over 2,500 titles on Amazon: 

MAKE A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION! Our non-profit bookstore can only stay alive through the generous support of our community.  Consider supporting our mission by making a contribution today through 


Any donation will help make an impact as this is a nonprofit organization that serves as the only used-bookstore in the area and community center for locals. Thank you so much in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to our community. It is our pleasure curating the best books for our customers thanks to your donations. 

Our Purpose

The specific objectives and purposes of this organization are: (a). to help make books and reading as inviting and accessible to as broad an audience as possible (b). to offer a venue to serve as a community center and a place for educational and community activities (c). to support other charities through the use of the thrift store’ space to raise funds and run programs (d). to offer support for emerging local artists through exhibitions and other projects (e). to develop new community projects (f). to engage in other activities related to the development of the social capital of our community