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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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