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   Getting started with book groups in three easy steps



Form a group with people you know

Book groups are a great way to stay in regular contact with friends. If you've already got a group together, head to
step two.

Join an existing group

View the nationwide map of BDS book groups looking for members. You can message a group convenor directly to arrange a meeting to see if the group is a good fit for you.

No groups in your area?

Why not start your own? Leave your own message on the map so other readers searching for a group can contact you. Placing notices in your local newspaper or neighbourhood Facebook groups are also great ways to find more members.

We've created two book group posters you can download for free to help you find more members. Add your own information to the customisable fields then print for use on noticeboards in your community, library or workplace.


Download poster: Join Our Book Club (Word 323KB)


Download poster: Book Club: It's Lit (Word 799KB)


Now that you have your group members, download and complete a new group registration form.

To get started you'll need:

  • A group convenor/organiser
  • A list of books chosen from our catalogue
  • A regular meeting date e.g. the first Tuesday of the month
  • $30 registration fee

 Once registered, you'll be emailed a login so you can view, update and manage all your group's details online.


Once you're registered and your membership fees have been paid, the book parcels start arriving and the discussion begins!

Here's how your first year with BDS will go:


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Scheme is a member of the Federation of Workers Educational Associations in Aotearoa New Zealand
BDS is a member of the Federation of Workers Educational Associations