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Upcycling Christmas
New Plymouth 018 decided to upcycle their end of year celebrations. Convenor Beverly Wilson wrote in to explain about her book group's last meeting of the year: "We all had to come dressed in red...
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Books for Prisoners' children
A collection of books is making its way to children of prisoners. CHCH 277 agreed at their November meeting to support a chosen charity and unanimously chose Pillars. The organisation supports...
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Freedom in a Tote Bag
SORRY...we are now sold out of this print-run of BDS Tote bags. (17 Dec 2018)   Whether you're heading out to book club or down to the shops, make sure you're wearing this fairtrade, premium...
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20 years in Timaru
Timaru 008 sent in this end-of-year pic to say they have been going for 20 years. Three of the group are the originals.  "We are very proud of our group and have been there for one...
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When we discuss the book I understand better
Rachel, a migrant who attends a BDS-resourced book group for speakers of other languages, succinctly sums up a key aspect of any book-club experience. "When I read a book I think I understand the...
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Book group patron
How many book clubs have a patron? Dunedin 058 does. A patron is 'a loyal supporter of someone or something'. Google tell us that a patron of the arts 'helps support starving artists'; we hope...
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Info about overdue books now online
A new function on our website allows Convenors to check if any of their group's books are overdue. The online information, which can be accessed through the Convenor part of the BDS website, allows...
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Male 'book and beverage' group hits the spot
Peter Swan's all-male book club might seem to encourage stereotypical 'bloke' behaviour but at closer inspection his 'Beverage and Books' group does anything but. The former civil-structural...
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Male book group encourages tolerance
A Mount Albert man believes his all-male book group not only promotes a love of reading but encourages tolerance. Michael Loo, who meets up monthly with four other male readers, says belonging to a...
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Men's book group is surprisingly candid
The coordinator of an all-male book group in Dunedin is staggered – and delighted – by the candour with which the men talk about themselves. "What has really struck me is the conversations start...
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 Happy New Year 


Ashburton 016 sent in this photo of their first book group of the year (looking very relaxed, we might add!) 

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