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.
Address:
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

Upcoming Events!

“Untitled Unmastered”- Painting Exhibit by Fiona Popescu: 8/7, 4-6pm

After hours musings, exploring colors and styles, Fiona’s paintings reveal multiple worlds of either playful or deep reflective art. For the past several years, she adopted different styles, while maintaining her unique artistic touch. Watercolors, oil painting, or crayon, on canvas or jeans, Fiona’s art is an invitation to journey into the “un mastered”, unrestrained.

Come join us Sunday Aug. 7th 4 to 6pm for a talk with the artist, refreshments and art enjoyment.

Musical Open Mic at Symposia: 8/9, 7:30–10:30pm

Singers, songwriters, comedians, poets, and contortionist: Come one, come all…..share your talent with the community. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never performed outside your shower or if you are a trained professional. This casual community open mic is a great place to have your time in the spotlight. This inclusive, encouraging environment is the perfect place to practice what you’ve been working on at home. Not sure if you’re ready for the stage, no problem. Come be part of the audience and applaud others as they take the stage.

*Some simple snacks will be provided but feel free to BYO drinks/snacks.

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

Hoboken Hookers and Knitters: 8/11, 6-9pm

If you love knitting or crochet come join us for a relaxing evening. Bring your own project or come and learn how to knit or crochet, there is always someone who is willing to show others the ropes.
BYOB

$5 donation to Symposia Bookstore for the use of their space which will entitle you to a free book from their bookshelves.

For more info, contact Anel at anel@laurens.co or 917-488-9336

Writing Group: 8/13, 5-6pm

Symposia’s Writing Group is Looking for New Members!
Our next meeting will be at 5pm on Saturday August 13th. We usually meet for an hour and critique work that has previously been submitted.

The cost to attend is $5 per person which includes a book of your choice from the store. If interested, email the moderator Marie Castronuovo at mcastronuovo@msn.com.

Hoboken Book Club: 8/15, 6:30-8:30pm

We host the Hoboken Book Club at Symposia Bookstore. We meet twice a month to discuss the same book at both of these meetings. Members of the club choose which of the 2 dates suit them best to attend. We limit the number of attendees to 12 people, per meeting, to make sure that everyone gets a fair chance to contribute to the discussion.
Our August book is The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré.
If you are interested to join our club, please do e-mail me on anel@laurens.co or text me on 917-488-9336.
There is a $5 fee that goes to Symposia Bookstore for the use of their venue and it entitles you to one free book from their shelves.
 

American Mahjong Club: 8/24, 6:30-8:00pm

Mahjong is a game of skill, strategy, and luck. If you are feeling up for a friendly challenge, please do join our Mahjong Club that will meet twice a month at Symposia Bookstore.

From September onwards it will take place on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month. Our September dates are: Wednesday, September 7th at 6.30pm Wednesday, September 21st at 6.30pm

There will be a $5 fee that goes to Symposia Bookstore for the use of their venue and this entitles you to a free book from their shelves. It is a BYOB event. Adults only. We will limit the amount of people to 12 due to space and see if we are able to fit another table in. So, if you reserve a spot, please be kind to let me know beforehand if you are unable to attend so that I can give your seat to someone else.

For more information, please contact Anel Laurens on 917-488-9336 or anel@laurens.co

Hoboken Hookers and Knitters: 8/25, 6-9pm

If you love knitting or crochet come join us for a relaxing evening. Bring your own project or come and learn how to knit or crochet, there is always someone who is willing to show others the ropes.
BYOB

$5 donation to Symposia Bookstore for the use of their space which will entitle you to a free book from their bookshelves.

For more info, contact Anel at anel@laurens.co or 917-488-9336

Puppetonia

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 info@symposia.us.

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:

https://www.amazon.com/s?me=A2K6ZNUTSJAUFX&marketplaceID=ATVPDKIKX0D 

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.