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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... 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 Fossicking for fancy rocks

There's been geocaching (locating 'treasure' using GPS coordinates) and photo fads of travelling gnomes in exotic places; now the latest social media craze is re-appearing rocks! Cass Hendry wrote... 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 Warm Earth Cottage

Bay of Plenty group KATIK 002 sent in this delightful photo of their Christmas get-together. Convenor Anne Morriss said they "had the most lovely Christmas do" at Warm Earth Cottages. The venue is... Read More

Article Image Third Island comes aboard!

BDS delivers nationwide and, true to our word, we are now couriering book-sets and discussion notes to Rakiura. A group of readers on New Zealand's third island, also known as Stewart Island, joined... Read More

Article Image How do books Change Lives?

How do books change lives? Jeannie Woodhouse, the convenor of Nelson 018, wrote in recently to share how a non-fiction book had made an impact on a member of her book group. Half the Sky was... Read More

Article Image Living Stories event - and the art of making a new life

Live storytelling (by adults for adults) was the focus of a BDS event held in West Auckland in October. Our Auckland BDS rep, Melissa Parker, organised the event at her local Te Atatu Peninsula... Read More

Article Image Skype with Canadian author of 'Three Souls'

Queenstown BDS members had the opportunity to skype the Canadian author of a popular novel in the Scheme. Sue Harcome's book group, Queenstown 010, won the chance to have an online conversation... Read More

Article Image Book group connection with Stephen Daisley

It's amazing what you can learn from a WORD Christchurch author session! Jo Kinley won her book group, Christchurch 377, tickets to hear Ockham Book Award winner Stephen Daisley talk about his... Read More

Article Image Pattrick's Heartland makes a quintet

A song, two readings by Jenny Pattrick from her latest novel, and a rather large chocolate cake left two BDS staff feeling replete after attending a Community Read event run by Christchurch City... 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 Book Night winner's torch-light treasure hunt

The winner of the prize draw for New Zealand's first Book Night is a 7-year-old boy who read a book from the Goosebump series and solved book-related clues by torchlight. He won a $150 book... Read More

Article Image Indoor picnic lures second-prize winner to Book Night

A Lower Hutt woman who attended an indoor picnic at her local library with her family has won second prize in New Zealand's inaugural Book Night. Caitlin Carew, from Belmont, was awarded a $75... Read More

Article Image Christchurch Star Book Night article

Article (16 June 2016) from the Christchurch Star about Book Night:       Full article submitted by post-graduate journalism student Alex Lim: Thousands of readers engaged... Read More

Article Image Book Night a success!

The official tally for Book Night 2016 is 1340 participants! The first ever event of its kind in New Zealand ended at midnight on 24 May, with a tally of 1167 participants. Registrations continued... Read More

Article Image Making bookmarks an enticing activity

It was a windy but wonderful day at the recent International Cultural Festival 2016 in Auckland. "Our BDS stand was quite eye-catching and attractive, except when the wind blew everything off!" says... Read More

Article Image Not quite all in the same boat

A makeshift lifeboat in a member's lounge provided a unique setting for a Kapiti Coast book group's discussions.  Waikanae 007's Glenda Henshilwood came home from work to find that... 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

Article Image Orange is the new book - Your Weekend article

To read Philip Matthew's article about the prison book group at Christchurch Women's, which featured in Your Weekend on 14 November 2015, click here or below. Read More

Article Image Booknotes are like a key

Booknotes are like a key: they help book groups unlock the content, details and depth of a story. "We produce booknotes for groups to use as a framework for discussion," says BDS Booknotes Organiser... Read More

Article Image Snippets of History (1000th group celebrations)

We reached the milestone of having a 1000th BDS group (1000 groups concurrently registered with the Scheme) in November 2013. To mark - and help celebrate - this achievement, we invited all... Read More


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