Gift certificates available for purchase in the bookstore.
Also you can pay on line and we will mail the customized
paper certificate to your desired location.

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, July 9th 7:30 to 10 pm

Join us for a virtual getaway at our themed open mic night!  This time, we’re all about Vacation Vibes. Whether you’re belting out beach tunes or sharing your travel stories, come and share your talents in a relaxed and tropical atmosphere. Pack your creativity and join us for a night of fun and relaxation! #OpenMicNight #VacationVibes 

*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. 

Facebook link:

NEW EVENT! Relating Games Night – Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Drawing from communication practices of the relational arts, participants take part in games and exercises to develop greater emotional intelligence and capacity to be more present in the moment to interpersonal dynamics. Relating games can enable participants to form deeper, more authentic connections with others, increase spontaneity and flow in interpersonal interactions, and feel a greater sense of community and belonging. 

This weekly group involves sitting and sharing verbally and also experiential games and exercises, including bodily movement and action, with some verbal introduction or orient participants.  The relational arts include practices such as Authentic Relating, Circling, Council Practice, Nonviolent Communication, and other communication practices. Here are some links with further info: 

What is Authentic Relating? 

What is Circling? 

Benefits of Circling:

Suggested donation $15 

Facilitator and Hoboken resident Pete Benedict has been a practitioner of the relational arts for 10 years, including as a communication consultant and coach. He has decades of personal and professional experience in the field of personal growth, human potential, and holistic studies, having worked at the New York Open Center for many years. For more info or to register, contact Pete at  

                                    “Philosophize This” – Conversation Based on Stephen West’ s Podcast – Tuesday July 23rd at 7 pm

This deeply engaging series introduces listeners to thinkers and ideas upon which our society is based, but in a way that is easy for non-philosophers to digest and understand. Our discussion group will create a safe environment where we can gain knowledge while also sharing personal experiences as they relate to the topics presented in the podcast. 

Listening to the podcast episodes on JJ Rousseau (45, 46, 47) and Adam Smith (48, 49) is strongly recommended if possible. 

Location this time: on Hoboken waterfront at Pier C. In case of rain, we will meet at Symposia . Registration required by contacting Carmen at or 201-805-1739.  Fee: $10

    “Symposi-HA!” Comedy Show – Friday July 26th at 8 pm

 Come see our Bookstore’s live Stand-Up Comedy Show! 

The show is produced by Hoboken comedian Matt Pena and will feature comedians from all over New Jersey and New York. Tickets are $10 and all proceeds will go towards supporting the store as well as supporting the performers! Please follow “Symposiha” on Instagram for all news and updates and grab your tickets on by searching “Symposi-Ha”. 

Don’t forget to bring your own beverages and snacks to enjoy at the show!

                     La Leche – New Moms Support Group– Friday, June 28th 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



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.