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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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What's Up ...with BDS groups

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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Happy New Year everyone! We hope you managed to read a lot during your holiday. 

The BDS Office is back to usual hours. We look forward to hearing from you. Don’t forget to send in any late enrolments (if your membership expired at the end of last... Read More


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