Symposia Bookstore Events -May 2024

Open Mic Night – Tuesday, May 14th 7:30 to 10 pm   

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Join us for our May edition of open mic night. As you should know by now, we like to keep it interesting with themes. This May we are unleashing the power and passion of anger.  Use your talent to tell us how mad you can get. Bad boss, bad breakup, did someone cut you off in traffic? Tell us about it through song, spoken word, or comedy.

*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.

“Symposi-HA!” Comedy Show – Thursday May 9th and Friday May 24th 8 to 10 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!

An evening of music by Parlor Games – Thursday May 16th 7.30 to 9.30 pm

Parlor Games is Howard Olah-Reiken: guitar and vocals, Pete Benedict: guitar and vocals, Brianna Peterson: keyboard and vocals, and Lois Goldman: bass guitar

Enjoy their mix of original songs and old favorites, with fun instrumental interplay and vocal harmonies!

Doors open at 7 pm and the show is from 7:30 to 9:30 with free refreshments before the show and during the intermission.

There is a suggested $10 donation which all goes to support this great not-for-profit bookstore, which also doubles as a supportive hub for local live music!

Come out and support the bookstore while listening to some great music and hanging our with old and new friends!

“Philosophize This” – Conversation Based on Stephen West’ s Podcast- Tuesday May 21st 7 to 9 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 Gottfried Leibniz (37 and 38) and David Hume (51, 52, 53,54)   is strongly recommended if possible.

Registration required by contacting Carmen at or 201-805-1739

Fee: $10

“Thinking About Becoming a Real Estate Developer?” Book reading/signing by Ted Ihde- Wed May 23rd 6 to 8 pm

Ted graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bloomfield College as an Academic All-American while playing goalie for the Bloomfield College men’s soccer team. During his senior year in college, Ted founded a New Jersey-based mortgage company, where he served as president and licensee. Ted worked as a consultant for National Bank of Kansas City, and as a Research Analyst for the CEO of Boston-based non-profit Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America.

He developed a program which led to the acquisition of city-owned properties through Kansas City’s Land Bank. As a developer, Ted secured approvals – with 10-year tax abatements – for a real estate project he is currently overseeing, along with his partners. Ted holds real estate licenses in four states.

Ted’s book – Thinking About Becoming a Real Estate Developer? is a guidebook meant to help others transition from having little or no experience in being a realtor to becoming a seasoned real estate developer. The author provides the reader with real-life examples, step by step guides, and answers to many questions that may come up in the day to day workings of a real estate developer. He also explores the elements of learning how to pursue the acquisition of properties that are not available or not yet for sale through his own successful process.

For more info, contact Ted at

La Leche – New Moms Support Group– Friday, May 31st 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

Our family at Symposia wishes you a beautiful Spring and hopes that everyone is staying safe, warm and well read!

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 small bubble wrap and new bubble mailers/envelopes.

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

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.

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