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Article Image LitCrawl and an extravagance of writers

The Capital City "did it again" according to the organisers of the LitCrawl Festival in early November - and BDS members were in the thick of the gathered readers. The festival, which is a series of... Read More


Article Image 80 more

  You and your book group can help inspire more kids to read...        ...by supporting the New Zealand Book Council's '80 more' initiative.       The... Read More


Article Image Reviewer's contribution acknowledged

Former BDS reviewer and senior lecturer in library studies, Rachel McCahon, has died. Rachel had been part of the Reviewers Network for a number of years, helping BDS assess books for its... Read More


Article Image Barbara Brown's Cryptic Crossword Challenge

Our BDS manager is a professional cryptic crossword writer. She has compiled this crossword for your enjoyment (or frustration!).  For help on how to understand and solve cryptic clues, visit... Read More


Article Image Sight impairment no reason to avoid book club

Having poor eyesight doesn’t mean you can’t be part of a book group, according to a Far North reader Jean Dowson. Jean coordinates a Book Discussion Scheme book group that has been going for 22... Read More


Article Image The Mob?

BDS staff were flummoxed by a comment from a Whanganui book group recently. The convenor had written feedback about their recent book and meeting on the consignment note, which she'd returned to... Read More


Article Image Tongariro Prison updates us on prison group

Seven prison facilities throughout the country use Book Discussion Scheme resources to run book groups for male and female prisoners. Christchurch Women’s Prison was the first to establish a... Read More


Article Image Great grandchildren share a love of reading

Alice McLaren, a BDS reader in Ashburton, wrote in to ask how we liked this photo of "four of my little great grandchildren sharing a book with Daddy - and Uncle - Mark". "To me, this photo... Read More


Article Image Reading Nook debut

Our Reading Nook reflecting the 'Going West' 2017 festival colours made a debut at the weekend. The reading space, set up by BDS member Amanda Chapman of AUCK 205, consisted of hired bean bags... Read More


Article Image Oranges and Books

Foodie and tramper Phyll Wallace joined our team of volunteers during the winter. The former cafe and catering worker teams up with her friend Robyn Gibling to spend most Monday mornings at the BDS... Read More


Article Image Volunteer Gold

A lifelong love of books means it hasn't been difficult for Pat Norton to clock up 20 years as a volunteer with Book Discussion Scheme. "I could get my hands on books again," says Pat about her... Read More


Article Image The Commuting Book interview with BDS Promotions

BDS has been supportive of The Commuting Book project in Christchurch since its inception. To read the interview between the project and BDS, click on the image or this link.    Read More


Article Image Your feedback counts

  Member's feedback about BDS books and discussion notes is vital. Book groups' comments - whether positive or 'constructive' - help the scheme to maintain a quality selection of titles and... Read More


Article Image When is a question a ‘good’ question?

 When is a question a ‘good’ question? New Zealand author Tina Shaw is one of 22 Book Discussion Scheme notewriters who are faced with crafting ‘good’ questions and informative material... Read More


Article Image Winner's spoils

Our Book Night prize-draw winner Shaia Stowers has spent her winnings. Her mum Marama Warr wrote in to say:  "Shaia had a great time spoiling herself at the bookshop this weekend. Big thank you... Read More


Article Image Pleasant surprises for prize winner and prize giver

Tawa BDS Book Group member Sallie Hill had the honour of presenting 8-year-old Shaia Stowers with first prize for Book Night 2017. The convenor of book group Wellington 141, who represented... Read More


Article Image Standing room only for authors in conversation

"Great turn out, catering superb and Charity and Anna entertained us well," sums up a volunteer helper at Napier's Book Night event featuring Hawkes Bay authors Charity Norman and Anna Mackenzie in... Read More


Article Image Kaitaia Comes Second!

When we discovered that Lorraine Goodhue, recipient of the Book Night second prize, lives in Kaitaia we asked a local BDS book group convenor to present her with the prize.  [Photo above... Read More


Article Image 16 public libraries

A total of 16 public libraries arranged activities for Book Night 2017.  Along with 17 schools and 7 other organisations, libraries from Kaiataia to Dunedin, Hastings to the Hutt, organised... Read More


Article Image Everyone and their dog was behind Book Night

Dunedin, UNESCO City of Literature, offered a raft of community reading spots for Book Night and boasted the only animal to be attending the nationwide reading event in an official capacity. Dart,... Read More


Article Image Mt Somers Springburn School

The Ashburton Guardian produced these two stories about Mt Somers Springburn Primary School's involvement in Book Night. Click images to read the stories.         Read More


Article Image ‘Treasure Chest’ on Pacific Street

Dunedin's Pacific Street celebrated the arrival of a 'treasure chest' on Saturday 27th May when BDS book group members and residents unveiled a Treasure Island themed miniature library on the edge of... Read More


Article Image Hannah Kent in Dunedin

Photo of Hannah Kent courtesy of Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival.   Australian author Hannah Kent's debut, atmospheric novel Burial Rites is set in Iceland and has proved a... Read More


Article Image Auckland BDS member wins third

Retired maths teacher Jenny Bosley won third prize in the Book Night draw and received a hand screenprinted, organic cotton BDS tote bag. The Auckland based convenor of AUCK 058 took part in the... Read More


Article Image Fundraising fun in Glendowie

Glendowie College sent in this summary of the school's Book Night reading and philanthropic activitites, provided by a staff member for the school newsletter: "On Tuesday night, 33 onesie clad... Read More


Article Image Wild about Book Night

Business owner Steven Wild never read a full novel at high school but is now an advocate for Book Night, BDS' nationwide reading event in May.(photo by Mandy Caldwell) Kiwi business owner Steven... Read More


Article Image The life journey of a barcode

When a box of sparkling new books arrives at the Sydenham office of Book Discussion Scheme, not all staff view the arriving package with the full reverence it deserves! One such person is our... Read More


Article Image Cultural mix in Tauranga

With the help of friends, Pam Hansen convenes a thriving English as Second Language book group in Tauranga.  "We began 18 months ago with five ex students from my ESL class who wanted to keep... Read More


Article Image Freedom in a BDS Tote Bag

  Yes, freedom really does come in the form of a tote bag!  ...BDS has teamed up with an ethically run organisation to coordinate the production of this stylish shoulder bag. Branded... Read More

 

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