Our Mission

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

The specific objectives and purposes of this organization are:

– to help make books and reading as inviting and accessible to as broad an audience as possible

– to offer a venue to serve as a community center and a place for educational and community activities

– to support other charities through the use of the thrift store’ space to raise funds and run programs

– to offer support for emerging local artists through exhibitions and other projects

– to develop new community projects

– to engage in other activities related to the development of the social capital of our community

Symposia: A chat room without a computer!

Upcoming Events

Open Mic Night – Tuesday, Feb 13th 7:30 to 10 pm   

Join us for the FEBRUARY edition of Open Mic Night!

“If you love a song, play it. If you like a joke, say it. If you wrote a poem, read it. The world just may need it.” – Dana Harrison

This inclusive, encouraging environment is the perfect place to practice what you’ve been working on at home. Original material and covers are welcome (songs, poems, readings, comedy). This event is open to all ages, therefore we ask that all material be clean and family-friendly.

*Suggested donation $5/attendee to support Symposia (non-profit bookstore)

*Some simple snacks will be provided but feel free to BYO drinks/snacks for yourself or to share.


“Love Fest” – Valentine Party – Wednesday Feb 14th at 7 pm

Come celebrate LOVE with us at Symposia at our Valentine’s Day Party! 

Bring some delicious food to share, as well as some thoughts on what love means to you. It could be anything – a favorite poem, a drawing, a photograph, a craft, a song, a story, or a talent. 

Let us know how love has impacted your life in 2023, and why you couldn’t imagine living life without it!!! 

FEE: $10 For more information, or to sign up, call Carmen at 201-805-1739 or write to symposia.bookstore@gmail.com 


La Leche – New Moms Support Group– Friday, Feb. 16th 10 am to 12 pm.  

Come join us for this support group where you can share and learn from other moms. 

La Leche league is an international volunteer run support group open to all families interested in lactating or providing human milk to their babies.

La Leche League was founded over 60 years ago when the founders (a small group of mothers) found that families were most successful when supported by their peers and it has continued with the premises of providing non bias support to local families.  

For more info contact Tiffany at lllofjc@gmail.com 


Hoboken Book Club – Wednesday Feb 21st at 6.30 pm

Please join us in discussing the book Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult & Jennifer Finney Boylan 

A fee of $8 per person goes to the bookstore. This entitles you to a free book from the bookshelves in the store. 

Please RSVP – anel@laurens.co or 551-225-6039


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 symposia.bookstore@gmail.com.

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.