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An intro to our book groups & membership programmes...  



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The Book Discussion Scheme caters for people who:

- are looking to join an existing BDS book group

- are in a book group and want to borrow our resources

- are wanting help to form a new book group.

We've been resourcing book groups for more than 40 years, so have plenty of helpful advice to offer if you need it!

 

How our book groups work

We lend books and discussion notes to participating book groups. Groups make their book selections from our extensive catalogue.

Each month (or every two months on a half programme), we supply groups with one of their selected titles. We provide enough copies to enable members of a group to read the same book at the same time. 

We also supply professionally produced discussion notes for each member, to facilitate discussion and a greater understanding of the book.

Each group meets on a regular basis to discuss the book they've read.

Groups:

  • are self-directed

  • can meet anywhere such as in a home, cafĂ©, workplace or library

  • can be as social or as serious as you like!

We have men-only, women-only and mixed groups registered with the scheme.


Membership programmes 

We offer the following programmes:

 Full Programme
 

This programme consists of 10 titles per membership period: one book a month for 10 consecutive months (with a break over the Christmas/summer holidays). 

This programme can start at anytime during the year. An optional 'holiday read' can be ordered for the Christmas holiday period. (This is free for groups who pick up their books.)

 Half Programme
 

Consists of 5 titles per membership period: one book every 2 months for a total of 10 consecutive months (with a break over the Christmas/summer holidays).

This programme can start at anytime during the year.

 Student Programme
 

A programme for high school or tertiary students.

Consists of 5 titles per membership period: one book a month for the first half of the academic year.

 

 For information about our ESOL and multicultural programmes, contact us directly.

The Book Discussion 
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
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