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.
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.
Spread the word
If you love your BDS book group, please consider telling others about it. You could:
Tracking, packing and getting it done online
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.
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
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.
Write the name of each person next to the barcode that corresponds to the book they were given.
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
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)
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.
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.