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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... 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 Anne Enright's lilting voice

  Jennifer Mullins in animated conversation with author Anne Enright at WORD Christchurch's Autumn Season event.   Marg Dockrill of Timaru 007 won our winter competition run in... 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 Meet between the lifts

An invitation was sent out by the central library of the University of Canterbury to 'meet between the lifts' on Level 3.  The curious invitation attracted a small group of... 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 Wall of fame

At Redwood School in Wellington, the librarian invited families to participate in Book Night from home and then to forward her some photos. 60 families sent in snaps, which were presented as a slide... Read More

Article Image Capital reading capers

Here are two more schools in the Wellington region that joined in Book Night. Reignier Catholic School had a "hugely successful evening" with storytime and milo and marshmellows. Librarian Maree... Read More

Article Image Satire at the Clocktower

Otago University's Centre for the Book celebrated Book Night with an event organised by Dr Shef Rogers, Head of Department of English and Linguistics (back row, 3rd from left). To right of Shef is... Read More

Article Image Wine not?

It's not often libraries and wine mix together, but on Book Night wine industry expert Allan Scott was the drawcard for a Book Night event at Marlborough District Libraries in Blenheim. 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 'Reading in' on the West Coast

The largest town in the West Coast region kept its library doors open late and the staff on duty wore nightwear, all to help celebrate Book Night. The Greymouth District Library on Mackay... 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 Winners with Allen & Unwin

  Lucky BDS member Susan Kennedy of Dunedin 039 won the fabulous Box in a Box prize containing the latest novel by Charity Norman (See You in September) along with a $20 food voucher,... 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 The Commuting Book

Bored at the bus stop? We've been working with Christchurch-based The Commuting Book to provide commuters with reading material. Read about it in our Media Release. If you want to donate good... Read More

Article Image Book aroha at Arohata

You might think it's straightforward for women 'doing time' to be able to read and discuss books, but running a book group inside a prison has its share of practical hassles. "It can be fun; it... Read More

Article Image Library book groups help get people talking

"The air outside is bitterly cold but inside the Shirley Library the atmosphere is warm and welcoming." So starts a library news story about their book-group collaboration with BDS. Read... Read More

Article Image Blind Foundation members can join groups for free

We are thrilled to announce that BDS and the Blind Foundation are working together to help visually impaired people join (or remain in) BDS book groups.   Blind Foundation members who are... 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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