We've got a packed edition of Footnote for you this quarter, including some exciting news about a collaboration with our friends at WORD Christchurch. Check out our headline article below for more info on that.
We're also introducing a new quarterly cryptic, brought to you by BDS Manager Barbara Brown. Lots of you have mentioned how much you enjoyed playing these during our light-hearted lockdown emails, so we're bringing them back! Make sure you scroll to the end to play and you could win a mystery parcel of five pre-loved books.
We've also got some important updates to our Orange Light settings, news from BDS and the literary sector, and an ESOL book group in Christchurch looking for new members and native English-speaking volunteers.
We hope you enjoy this issue and remember to join us on Facebook and Instagram, or email us anytime. We love hearing from you!
Renee and the BDS Team
Take your WORD Festival experience to a new level
Get your friends together wherever in Aotearoa you call home and join the WORD 2022 Book Club, a collaboration between WORD Christchurch and Book Discussion Scheme!
Read a selection of titles by WORD Christchurch 2022 authors, and receive livestream tickets to their sessions during the Festival, which takes place between 31 August and 4 September.
Register your interest now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and be the first to see the list of titles when the festival programme launches on 20 July! You'll also be first to receive a link to register, as spaces for the WORD Book Club 2022 are limited.
WORD 2022 Book Clubs will meet once a month for six months. For the subscription fee, we’ll send your group five books written by WORD 2022 authors, one every month from the time you register. You’ll also receive tickets to those same five authors’ livestreams, allowing you to extend and enrich your festival experience and get even more out of your reading.
What's the cost
WORD Christchurch and Book Discussion Scheme have worked hard to bring you an amazing offer for the inaugural WORD 2022 Book Club. You’ll receive:
Five book club reads delivered anywhere in NZ (pick-up available in Christchurch)
Five livestream tickets
For the special price of:
$85 per person
+$57.50 per group (if outside of Christchurch and requiring a pack of five return courier bags)
Other key info
Groups can have a minimum of three members and a maximum of ten.
Register your interest now and get your group together before 20 July when titles are announced and registrations open to avoid disappointment.
You can register for the WORD Book Club 2022 anytime from 20 July until the start of the Festival.
Check out this PDF for an overview of how your six-month WORD Book Club experience will flow.
Christchurch office hours return to normal
We'd like to thank our Christchurch groups for their understanding while we reduced our on-site staff during the worst of the Omicron outbreak. Our office hours are now back to normal:
Every year, our friends at Eldernet put together handy directories for over 65s and people approaching retirement. If you're in the South Island or Central North Island regions, we're including a few copies in your book bags and parcels this month. Please share these with anyone in your life who may find them useful.
Book Discussion Scheme has over 1,300 book clubs across the motu/country. The not-so-fun part of this fact is that fewer than 20 of them are men-only. This recent piece from Ben Brown, Reading Ambassador, Writer and Poet, sheds some light on why men are slower to seek out the benefits of books.
Ben suggests, "To you blokes who've never read an 'actual' book in your life, treat your brain, discover your superpower and read at least one book that will reveal to you something you've never ever known. If you have a son, read it to him as well."
We'd love to see more blokes experiencing the benefits of book group, so if you're interested, check out the map on our website where you can contact existing groups in your area, or leave your own message so people can contact you about starting a new group: www.bds.org.nz/join Or message us for a free information pack!
We are a group for people from all over the world — Asia, Europe, Africa, South America — really from all countries where English is not your mother-tongue.
In a friendly atmosphere you have a chance to meet new people, learn about different cultures and practise talking in English.
We all read the same short book (provided by Book Discussion Scheme) and written in English. Each book uses a limited number of words. When we get together we discuss the meanings of new words and talk about the story and how it relates to us e.g. How do you celebrate birthdays in your country? What games did you play at school? How have politics affected you?
We meet for 1 1/2 hours on the 2nd Monday of the month at Tūranga.
We would also welcome one or two native English speakers to volunteer to come along each month to add to our discussion and share a Kiwi perspective.
If you're interested in joining or volunteering please contact Anna Sun, General Reference Librarian on the third floor of the library at Tūranga. Anna.Sun@ccc.govt.nz
Previous members Georgio (Italy) and Jane (NZ) found love through the ESOL book group! You can read their story here on the Christchurch City Libraries blog.
The group meets in the beautiful setting of Tūranga library in central Christchurch.
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 www.bds.org.nz/join.
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 new group or be invited to join 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, community noticeboard or workplace. Download and use one of our free book club poster templates here on our website.
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 email@example.com if you'd like to be featured as either a reader or a group in an upcoming newsletter or on BDS social media.
Each newsletter, Barbara Brown, BDS Manager and author of the cryptic crossword in the Your Weekend section of The Press, Dominion and Waikato Times newspapers, will provide a cryptic clue. The answer can be found in the BDS online catalogue. Send your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org and go in the draw to win a mystery parcel of five pre-loved books.
Footnote Winter 2022 Cryptic Clue:
Later, the politician is after thanks for a BDS non-fiction book (5,3,5)
The answer will be explained in our next quarterly Footnote