News and inaction!

A total of 14 schools, 7 public libraries, 3 community groups (including Book Discussion Scheme!) and 4 private individuals organised activities as part of Book Night. Here's a small selection of photos to show the diversity of activities...but all with the common theme of sitting (maybe quietly) and reading.

Lights! Camera! (in)Action (reading)?  

Bedtime Stories at Wanaka Library drew quite the crowd - some parents even turned up clad in their PJ’s. Librarian Eve Marshall-Lea said the night was wet and cold but the wintry conditions didn't deter the fun. About 100 people turned up. Wanaka radio host Jen Anderson and Wanaka Primary School librarian Melissa Ashby came and read some stories.

"We had a brilliant night," says Eve. "We had stories to start, for about 30 minutes, then the Wanaka Ukuleles came in to perform three songs.  A lit quiz followed the music then hot chocolate with marshmallows and a couple more stories."

Each child left with a Book Night certificate. A lucky few won spot prizes and a craft table offered some "fidget" time for kids who needed an activity requiring a bit more movement.  


Inglewood High School took lights to a whole new level, decking out the library. "We had a fabulous night reading under a library full of fairy lights and performing a story."



Readers at Nelson's Elma Turner Library unwound with hotties and blankets, hot drinks and snacks - and, of course, a book! Staff member Rosamund Feeney wrote in to say "a big thank-you to everyone who joined us at the library.... We had a great time getting to know you all".

An attendee, Ana, wrote on Facebook: "Our family of 4 [went] along to the Nelson Public Libraries book night ...and it was great! There was even pizza". Mmmm. 


Wellington's Seatoun Primary School supported Book Night (again) with a great turnout of families.

In the City of Literature, the city library had such a good response they are thinking of running similar activities on a more regular basis. DCC Libraries events coordinator Kay Mercer writes: 

"We absolutely LOVED our Book Night here – such a wonderful, warm atmosphere. And people asked if we could do them more often, so we're now thinking of a seasonal mini-book night every three months. You've certainly started something." ]

Members of Suitcase Theatre, which kept Dunedinites entertained on Book Night.

Ashburton's branch of the international community organisation Altrusa (which supports literacy projects) took turns "reading excerpts from our chosen book then ordered fish and chips" says Alice McLaren. BDS hopes no greasy fingerprints marked the pages!!

Many thanks to organisers and supporters of all Book Night events. Everyone made such an effort and looked to have a stellar time.

Author Charity Norman (who headlined the BDS-organised Book Night event in Napier last year) gets to sum up the Book Night  experience: "Thank you for reminding me of the joy of reading!"


The Book Discussion 
Scheme is a member of the Federation of Workers Educational Associations in Aotearoa New Zealand
BDS is a member of the Federation of Workers Educational Associations