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Article Image Old MacDonald leads to pre-schooler's win

An interest in farm equipment and animals helped Waikato pre-schooler Jett Wait win first prize in Book Night, our annual nationwide reading event for all ages. The 3-year old from Pirongia, located... Read More

Article Image Principal wins for walking the talk of reading

Walking the talk earned a rural Mid Canterbury school principal, Sean Wansbrough, second prize in our nationwide reading event. The head of Mt Somers Springburn primary attended his school's Book... Read More

Article Image Off duty librarian wins with novel romance

Squeezing some Mills and Boon romance into her evening paid dividends for Book Night winner Wendy Horne. "I read for escapism," says Wendy. "I was reading a trashy romance; I hope no-one will diss... Read More

Article Image Book Groups support Book Night

About 300 BDS members recorded their participation in Book Night in May. Here's what some of you got up to.  "Lighting up our lives with books" - Tracey Friend sent in this pic of her... Read More

Article Image and inaction!

A total of 14 schools, 7 public libraries, 3 community groups (including Book Discussion Scheme!) and 4 private individuals organised activities as part of Book Night. Here's a small selection of... Read More

Article Image Leading Reading - student book groups

BDS offers high schools a student book-group programme for the first part of the academic year. Fifteen student groups are operating this year, including an all-boys group at Sancta Maria College... Read More

Article Image Commemorative pin marks silver

A cupcake and specially made commemorative pin were given to members of group AUCK 058 to mark the 25th anniversary of their group. All twelve current members of the West Auckland group, plus... Read More

Article Image Banned books generate an evening's discussion

Auckland wordsmith and BDS book group member Megan Nicol Reed MC-ed a night of banned books   About thirty people were enveloped by the shelves of The Open Book second-hand bookshop in... Read More

Article Image Media Release - Book Night

To read out media release, click below.   Read More

Article Image Introducing Kirsty, our new staff member

  When our new staff member isn't making sense of figures in a spreadsheet, she's following the markings on a music score. Kirsty Grant, our Accounts Administrator, is part of a singing sextet... Read More

Article Image Childhood biking misadventure didn’t deter a love of books

Book Night advocate Vicky Jones did not let a childhood biking misadventure deter her from developing a love of books. Vicky, an avid book group member and former employee of Book Discussion Scheme,... Read More

Article Image It takes a Village to foster reading

Lilliput Libraries are a Dunedin phenomenon but the concept has spread to Canterbury, thanks to a BDS staff member and her local Presbyterian church. Annie Boardman, who works part-time at BDS... Read More

Article Image 'All the Presidents' a fitting acknowledgement

Napier 021 remembered their former member Sean Hickling, who sadly passed away last year in his 41st year, by donating a book to Napier Boys' High School. Convenor of the group, Shirley... Read More

Article Image A Capital Opera Cake

To celebrate its 21st birthday in February, book group Wellington 102 enjoyed a very special layer cake. Called an "opera" cake, it featured miniature chocolate books made by a culinary student... Read More

Article Image Living it, not just reading about it

An Auckland based BDS book group aren't just reading about overseas experiences, they're going to live one. The 11-member group, comprising 4 men and 7 women, plan to spend 10 days together in Italy... Read More

Article Image East Cape Enthusiasm

Sunny Gisborne is welcoming the new reading year with enthusiasm. Vicky Mottart, of the coastal suburb of Wainui, emailed to say her first book group meeting of the year was full of hubbub and... Read More

Article Image Photo & Captions of BDS groups

Staff were blown away with the responses by groups to our call for a short description of why you like your book group. We laughed, almost cried and felt genuinely proud of the amazing bonds many of... Read More

Article Image More Book Group Photos & Captions

We read so many amazing descriptions of book groups, that we ended up awarding bundles of ex-Scheme books as well as our main prizes. Merit awards have been sent to: Longevity award  Jude... Read More

Article Image It's a wrap

An industrious Northland group returned their November bookset in a unique wrapper. Cath Stanaway of Northland 003 posted back ten copies of Second Chances, by Hawkes Bay writer Charity Norman,... 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 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 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 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 Pleasant surprises for Book Night 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 ‘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 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) (June 2017) Kiwi business... 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


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