Symposia Community Events – December 2011

“Take your Child to a Bookstore” Day – Dec. 3 from 12 to 8 pm
Symposia will be celebrating Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day. This year, nearly 150 bookstores from 35 states (plus Canada and Australia) will celebrate with special events on Dec. 3.
This event is meant to help adults start (or maintain) a tradition of introducing a child in their life to the unique pleasures that bookstores provide.
Special Event: Clap to Beauty –a Children’s Self Esteem Book – read by the author, Bianca Krystal (see details bellow) on this day at 4 pm.
Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day was conceived in November 2010 when literary suspense writer and mother Jenny Milchman from northern New Jersey blogged about creating a special holiday for children dedicated to the institution of the local bookstore: “A place of half-hidden treasures just waiting to be discovered. Where you pluck things off shelves that are richer than jewels.”
After receiving positive feedback, she created a website and chose the first Saturday in December as the new holiday. Milchman envisioned TYCBD as not only about childhood literacy, or instilling a love of reading, but of supporting bookstores as local businesses and an important part of vibrant communities.

Clap to Beauty – A Children’s Self Esteem Book – Dec. 3 at 4 pm.

Come out and meet first time Author BiancaKrystal as she reads her self-published book titled “Clap to Beauty ( a children’s self esteem book)
Clap to Beauty is a book that celebrates children individuality with straightforward pictures and unproblematic reading words. When children have self-esteem, they are able to express themselves with confidence. They are highly motivated, active and independent.
To support this book, materials such as mirrors, songs and coloring pages will be added to make reading fun and alive.
Author Bianca Krystal will read her book, sing songs and color with children and parents. She will be more than happy to answer questions, autograph books and take pictures with everyone. (Ages toddler- 7) Cost of book- $10.00
Free Yoga Classes at Symposia Bookstore – Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 7 pm.
Have you always shied away from Yoga because you thought you weren’t very flexible?
 Symposia is now opening its doors to a totally new environment for yoga practice: small classes, taught in a supportive, non-competitive manner, with lots of individual attention.  Students will be gently guided through basic yoga postures, yogic breathing, meditation, and relaxation techniques.
Certified Yoga instructor Carmen Rusu
Pre-registration is required by phone, 201-805-1739 or
        by email:
Conversation Group –  Dec. 8 at 7.30
 Symposia strives to provide a place where thinking people can freely exchange and commingle ideas, imaginations, energy, talents, wild-eyed visions–where we can comfortably and effectively suspend our assumptions about life in order to inquire into the unknown together. 
Our inspiration was the concept of a neighborhood conversation salon promoted by the Utne Reader in the early 1990s. The gatherings we host aren’t much like the long-ago salons of Paris or New York, where authors, artists, and socialites would get together.  There is nothing elitist about this salon.  The gatherings probably most resemble encounters you may have had around campfires, over kitchen tables, in dorm rooms or at slumber parties, during times in your life when everyone you knew seemed eager to share visions and ideas. 
Bring a snack to share and your adventurous spirit.
Improve Your Life Through Meditation – Dec. 12 and 19 at 7 pm
Holiday Special: Peace in Our Hearts

The holidays are a time of celebration, joy, family reunion. They can be some of the happiest times in our lives but they can also be some of the most trying due to high expectations, painful ways of inter-relating, and limiting views of ourselves and the people we love. In this course, we will engage in special meditations and develop tools to quickly bring peace to our hearts, to our families and friends, and freedom from the painful ideas, which prevent us from experiencing love and joy.

Dec 12 Healing the Past 

Dec 19 Dealing with Difficult Relationships 
Dec 26 No class

Classes are suitable for both beginners and more advanced meditation practitioners, and emphasize how to meditate and practice in our urban environment.

Please note: Classes are given as a series, but can be taken individually. Please feel free to drop in on a class-by-class basis. Classes are held every week unless otherwise stated.
No pre-registration required.

($10 per class)
Fore more information, contact Justine Volesko at
Symposia 10 Year Anniversary Party 
– Dec. 28 at 6 pm
We are thrilled to announce that 10 years have passed since Symposia Bookstore first opened its doors and began serving the community of Hoboken! This journey has been wonderful and deeply inspiring for us, with many changes and transformations along the way, but we could never have reached this important milestone without the enduring support of our many friends and especially our main sponsors, Anna and David Roberts.
Please join us in celebrating Symposia’s 10th anniversary. We hope you will share some memories you may have of our bookstore over the years. We’ll also have a slide show with pictures of past events.
Please bring a dish to share! RSVP by calling Carmen at 201-805-1739 or by writing to
 Guitar Circle – every Wednesday at 8.30 pm
Come jam with local guitar players in a casual, friendly atmosphere. Share your favorite songs and learn new ones. All playing levels and styles are welcome!
For more info, contact Carlos at


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