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 Tell everyone about Book Night - Tuesday 23 May  

We look forward to 'seeing you' (online) all on Tuesday 23 May 2017, as part of this fun nationwide readign event. You read at your place or wherever you are on the night, for 15 minutes or more. Then register at You can write a quick message and post a photo/selfie if you want to...and watch the NZ map populate with readers all over the country!  

Last year's rize winner in the Book Night draw was a 7-year-old pupil (name withheld) from Rawhiti Primary School, the story here. 




 A to Zed of Kiwi writers   

 Keep abreast of Kiwi writers with the Book Council's Aotearoa Reads, an A-Z of lively written, audio and video content on Aotearoa books and writers. See


 Box & Books Scheme   

A 'Box and Books' scheme ran in the 1920s this interesting article about our sibling organisation Canterbury WEA . (BDS started in the garage at the back of the WEA in the early 1970s!!)


 Our new poster  

We have a fresh new-look for our promotional posters and bookmarks. If you'd like to display some at your workplace or elsewhere, or know of someone or somewhere BDS can be promoted, then please get intouch with  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  


 F2F: tell your friends about us  

Our snappy 3 minute 14 second video on Youtube features readers who explain our book groups in their own words. Watch and pass it on! Or pass on our F2F (friend to friend) version in Mailchimp here.



Tote Bags for sale 

totebag2We're selling these sylish and well made tote bags, made ethically by a company that assists Indian women leave behind a life of prostitution. Magnetic closure; internal pockets for keys, phone etc.

To order and find out more, click here.






 The Top 10 

The results are in! You voted for your favourite books and here are the results


  Blind Foundation members can join BDS groups for free 

Click here to read about our last collaboration with the Blind Foundation. 


 Multicultural Book Groups 

To read our Multicultural Book Group flyer, click here or on the image at left. We have groups that cater for ESOL speakers and groups that are intentionally multicultural and read from our annual Catalogue.






Prison book groups  

Read about our work with Youth and Women prisoners.

Your Weekend article here. Arohata article here. 




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