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Thank You & Welcome to Level One

We'd like to begin this issue with a big * THANK YOU * to everyone who has continued to back BDS during this unique time. Your messages of appreciation, cards, letters, comments (and recently some flowers) have kept our spirits high! We also really appreciate your efforts to catch up on meetings, return extra book sets, and re-enrol your group on time as usual —  it's a very disruptive time for businesses everywhere and we don't take your support for granted.

In this newsletter, we've outlined a few more simple ways you can show your support for BDS. Check them out in the feature article below.

Also in this issue we have some handy reminders and tips for convenors, links to extra reading, and news of literary events that are starting up around the country...

Happy Reading, everyone. 

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Backing BDS

Ways to show your support

As you may know, we are a charitable trust and non-profit with a 46-year track record. Never in that time have we experienced anything quite like the COVID-19 global pandemic, but we're determined to keep NZ reading, meeting and learning together.

If you've been wondering about how to show BDS a little extra love, we've listed some simple ways you can help. 

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Spread the word

If you love your BDS book group, please consider telling others about it. You could:
  • Leave a recommendation on our Facebook page
  • Forward these emails to friends, family or work colleagues who love literature (even if they aren't yet in a book group)
  • Share this link with anyone who wants a free BDS information pack
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Sponsor a book set

Sponsor a set of 12 new books for the catalogue and choose your own personal message for the dedication sticker inside.

This is a lovely way to honour a past member, or just let others know that you support the BDS mission.

Choose a title to sponsor, or let us choose for you, and send your dedication message to 
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Embrace a mystery

Did you know that BDS have a large stock of pre-read books that can be purchased in mystery parcels of five for just $20 including postage anywhere in NZ?!

Email Renee to order, advising of any authors or genres you particularly like. Renee and the team will do their best to tailor a parcel to your tastes. 
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Give a little

Make a donation or koha of your choice quickly and easily on our Givealittle page. As we are a registered charitable trust you will be automatically issued with a receipt for tax time. 

You can also donate to us directly or through the convenor section of the website. More information can be found on the BDS Donations and Bequests page.

BDS News

Convenor Tips:
Tracking, packing and getting it done online

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Tracking your book parcels

Wondering where your next book set is? It may be held up in transit. It's easy to check the status of your parcel online.

How to:
Login > Go to Books Supplied > sort by Date Descending > Click on the small truck icon next to the dispatched title.

Packing returns

To avoid being charged for damaged books, always pack books tightly and spine inwards to return them. Never wrap them in newspaper as it stains the books. We sell subsidised courier bags to make returns easy.

How to:
Login > Go to Order Products > select the appropriate size and number of courier bags for your needs

Naming books

The best way to keep track of who has which book is to use the consignment note that comes with each book set. This ensures everyone is responsible for the care and return of their book. Please don't put stickers or labels on our books as they're hard for us to remove.

How to:
Write the name of each person next to the barcode that corresponds to the book they were given.
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View and change your meeting dates

It can be hard to keep track of your meetings dates, especially if a global pandemic gets you out of sync. We've now made your entire year of meeting dates available to view online — and you can easily request changes from the same screen if you know you have to break your usual pattern.

How to:
Login > Go to Group's Details > Scroll to Your Meeting Dates

More news & updates

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Cryptic Challenge

Remember those pesky cryptic clues we gave ya'll during lockdown? In case you missed Barbara's email, here is the answer to your fifth (and final) cryptic clue: The infant holds a small BDS book (5)

Answer: Toast

This is a container clue and the definition of the answer = a BDS book. ‘Tot’ [infant] around ‘a s’ [a small]

Congratulations to our winners, Kerry and Helen, who each received a set of five mystery books. Thanks for playing, everyone!

From the blog

In light of current events, this week we put together a blog post dedicated to themes of race. It includes books from the BDS catalogue to get your group talking, as well as links to more stories and resources to inform, inspire and challenge.

Check out Reading about Race on the BDS news blog now.

Read and review for BDS

Do you consider yourself a good judge of books? Do you bring a unique and diverse perspective? If you really loved a book, and find you just can't stop talking about it, we invite you to write a more in-depth review for a new blog segment: My Book Club Recommends. Your review will be published online and may also be published in our partners' publications.

Contact Renee for more information.
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We also have a private group for book clubbers around NZ to share news, ideas and book recommendations with other groups: Request to join The Book Group Group and be part of the conversation.
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Connecting readers and book groups

The best place to start if you're a group looking for new members, or a reader looking for a group, is the interactive map at
Use the interactive map to find or start a book group in your area
You can send messages directly to group convenors and other readers:

Red Stars = Groups open to new members

Blue Stars = Readers wanting to start a group

TIP: Existing groups can check their open/closed status and update their group description by logging into the convenor section of the website and going to 'Group's Profile'.
More tips for forming and growing book groups
  • Leave a message in your local library or community noticeboard.
  • Join your neighbourhood's Facebook group and place a post there.
  • Neighbourly is another great online tool for connecting with people in your area.
  • Place a free ad in your local newspaper.
  • Contact if you'd like to be featured as either a reader or a group in an upcoming newsletter or on BDS social media.
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