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Give people living with dementia the pleasure of sharing a great read at the public library, improving social connection and confidence
Give people living with dementia the pleasure of sharing a great read at the public library, improving social connection and confidence
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Dementia-friendly book group at the public library

Dear Friend:

Ka pai! Thank you for pledging toward our goal of creating dementia-friendly libraries throughout New Zealand. Large or small, we value your pledge. 

If successful, our campaign provides 6 sets of our five Dovetale Press dementia-friendly series to 20 New Zealand public libraries. That's 600 books in all, or a set of books for shared reading in a group of six people at 20 public libraries across New Zealand. If pledging meets 200% success, then 40 libraries will benefit with 1200 books shared in groups, and so forth. We will also provide libraries with a digital  copy of our set of suggestions on how to run a dementia-friendly book group.

We are working with Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA), Alzheimers NZ and Dementia NZ, so that local Alzheimers and Dementia associations can liaise with the public libraries who hold dementia-friendly book groups. Community volunteers may wish to come on board to assist with resourcing book groups as well, maybe providing biscuits and tea or helping people navigate the library. We encourage dementia-friendly book groups to be held regularly, so that the readers can get to know one another and their public library, gaining confidence and connection. 

These are the five titles that we have published through Dovetale Press. They have been carefully constructed to enhance the readability of classic stories for people with dementia and other disabilities:

- A Dovetale Press Adaptation: A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens

- A Dovetale Press Adaptation:Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott 

- A Dovetale Press Adaptation: Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle, by Arthur Conan Doyle

- A Dovetale Press Adaptation:The Garden Party & The Doll's House, by Katherine Mansfield

- A Dovetale Press Adaptation Selection:Poetry for the Restless Heart

Dovetale Press books retain the voice of the original author, while reducing the memory load on the reader. They are beautifully illustrated with classic art and use large print on white contrast paper for easy viewing. They are each 64 pages in length.

We have produced the Dovetale Press series after years of research into reading and dementia, through the University of Otago and with support from Bupa NZ. We believe that dementia-friendly book groups can encourage:

  • shared enjoyment of the music and rhythm of a literary classic;
  • appreciation of the beauty and inventiveness of the language;
  • enhanced personal identity through reminiscence;
  • cognitive stimulation through creative ideas linked to the text;
  • empathic connection with others when discussing opinions and feelings about the text;
  • self-confidence and reduced self-stigma,  when the  dementia-friendly book groups are held in the public library-- the hub of community.

If the campaign is successful, your pledge will promote dementia-friendly libraries and communities: the best possible outcome.

Please click on the link to see our website:  http://www.dovetalepress.com 

Yours kindly, 

Dr B Sally Rimkeit, psychogeriatrician, and Dr Gillian Claridge, applied linguist

Founders and Editors of Dovetale Press

Sally and Gill at the Katherine Mansfield Garden, Hamilton Gardens, NZ

OUR DOVETALE PRESS SERIES:

A Dovetale Press Adaptation Christmas Carol Charles Dickens ISBN 978-0-473-37294-1
A Dovetale Press Adaptation Christmas Carol Charles Dickens ISBN 978-0-473-37294-1
A Dovetale Press Adaptation Little Women Louisa May Alcott ISBN 978-0-473-37295-8
A Dovetale Press Adaptation Little Women Louisa May Alcott ISBN 978-0-473-37295-8
A Dovetale Press Adaptation Sherlock Holmes The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle ISBN 978-0-473-37293-4
A Dovetale Press Adaptation Sherlock Holmes The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle ISBN 978-0-473-37293-4
A Dovetale Press Adaptation The Garden party & The Doll's House Katherine Mansfield ISBN 978-0-473-37291-0
A Dovetale Press Adaptation The Garden party & The Doll's House Katherine Mansfield ISBN 978-0-473-37291-0
A Dovetale Press Selection Poetry for the Restless Heart ISBN 978-0-473-37292-7
A Dovetale Press Selection Poetry for the Restless Heart ISBN 978-0-473-37292-7

Risks and challenges

We have been working diligently to test the effectiveness of our adapted classics, in an international randomised controlled trial and with a qualitative study. University of Otago (New Zealand), La Trobe University (Australia) and University of Liverpool (UK) are involved. First indications, from our feasibility and pilot studies and qualitative analysis, are that people living with dementia love to share the classic stories. Our readers appreciate the Dovetale Press adaptations, which carefully retain the voice of the original authors in a dementia-friendly format.

The challenge of this Kickstarter project is to provide sufficient resourcing within communities, so that dementia-friendly book groups at public libraries are sustainable, of high quality and widely available throughout NZ. With your help, we should overcome these difficulties.

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    Pledge NZ$ 10 or more About $7

    Promote dementia-friendly libraries!

    Thank you for pledging $10 or more toward our $5000 goal. If successful, our campaign provides 6 sets of our 5 dementia-friendly books to 20 NZ libraries (600 books in all).
    Our Dovetale Press Adaptations:
    - A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens
    - Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
    - Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle, by Arthur Conan Doyle
    - The Garden Party & The Doll's House, by Katherine Mansfield
    - Poetry for the Restless Heart, editors' selection

    If pledging meets 200% success, then 40 libraries benefit and so forth. This means that book groups can be set up in libraries throughout NZ. The libraries will also receive a digital copy of our set of suggestions on how to run a dementia-friendly book group.

    Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA), Alzheimers NZ and Dementia NZ support this initiative.

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    Gift of thanks: Dovetale Christmas Carol

    Thank you for pledging $30 or more toward our $5000 goal. If successful, our campaign provides 6 sets of our 5 dementia-friendly books to 20 NZ libraries (600 books in all).

    As a THANK YOU for your generous pledge, you will receive our gift of the Dovetale Press Adaptation of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. This is the story of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge. In the course of the story, Dickens relates how Scrooge himself has a change of heart after three ghostly visitations. It’s a story that will be familiar to many readers, but one that bears frequent re-telling, with its wonderful description, story-telling, and humour. This book is beautifully illustrated with classic art.

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    Gift of thanks: Dovetale Little Women

    Thank you for pledging $30 or more toward our $5000 goal. If successful, our campaign provides 6 sets of our 5 dementia-friendly books to 20 NZ libraries (600 books in all).

    And as a THANK YOU for your generous pledge, you will receive our gift of the lovely Dovetale Press Adaptation of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott -- the perfect holiday gift for you and your loved one to share. This 64-paged, large print book is a dementia-friendly adaptation of Alcott’s classic story of the March sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. It is illustrated by the classic Little Women artwork by Clara M Burd, Percy Tarrant and Harold Copping.

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    Gift of thanks: Dovetale Sherlock Holmes

    Thank you for pledging $30 or more toward our $5000 goal. If successful, our campaign provides 6 sets of our 5 dementia-friendly books to 20 NZ libraries (600 books in all).

    As a THANK YOU for your generous pledge, you will receive a gift of the lovely Dovetale Press Adaptation of Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle - the perfect holiday gift for you and your loved one to share. This book is a Dovetale Press adaptation of an amusing Sherlock Holmes adventure about a very valuable diamond called the Blue Carbuncle. It is illustrated with the original Stand Magazine artwork of Sidney Paget.

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    Your Gift: Dovetale Katherine Mansfield

    Thank you for pledging $30 or more toward our $5000 goal. If successful, our campaign provides 6 sets of our 5 dementia-friendly books to 20 NZ libraries (600 books in all).

    And as a THANK YOU for your generous pledge, you will receive our gift of the lovely Dovetale Press Adaptation of The Garden Party & The Doll's House by Katherine Mansfield-- the perfect holiday gift for you and your loved one to share. This 64-page, large print book provides dementia-friendly adaptations of Katherine Mansfield's best loved short stories. The poetic voice of Mansfield is retained and the stories brought to life with illustrations by by Cézanne, Van Gogh, Klimt, Macke and Modigliani.

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    Your Gift: Poetry for a Restless Heart

    Thank you for pledging $30 or more toward our $5000 goal. If successful, our campaign provides 6 sets of our 5 dementia-friendly books to 20 NZ libraries (600 books in all).

    And as a THANK YOU for your generous pledge, you will receive our gift of the lovely Dovetale Press Selection: Poetry for a Restless Heart -- the perfect holiday gift for you and your loved one to share. This beautiful selection of classic poems is specially chosen for shared or lone reading. The book is illustrated with artwork by wood-engraver E Mervyn Taylor, NZ's 'national treasure.'

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    Pledge NZ$ 150 or more About $97

    Gift of thanks: A set of Dovetale books

    Thank you for pledging $150 or more toward our $5000 goal. If successful, our campaign provides 6 sets of our 5 dementia-friendly books to 20 NZ libraries (600 books in all).

    Our Dovetale Press Adaptations:
    - A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens
    - Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
    - Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle, by Arthur Conan Doyle
    - The Garden Party & The Doll's House, by Katherine Mansfield
    - Poetry for the Restless Heart, editors' selection

    And as a THANK YOU for your generous pledge, you will receive our gift set of each of the five Dovetale Press Adaptations-- the perfect holiday gift for you and your loved one to share. These can be mailed to your home, anywhere in the world. Please join our campaign!

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    Discount package for NZ libraries/NGOs

    You may not be one of the 20 New Zealand libraries to receive the Dovetale Press books for free. But don't despair. We have a discounted rate for NZ registered not-for-profits and public libraries, so you can set up your own dementia-friendly book groups. Included in the package:

    Six complete sets of each of the Dovetale Press titles, for shared reading in a group of six:
    - A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens
    - Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
    - Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle, by Arthur Conan Doyle
    - The Garden Party & The Doll's House, by Katherine Mansfield
    - Poetry for the Restless Heart, editors' selection

    Along with the books, the libraries will also receive a digital copy of our set of suggestions on how to run a dementia-friendly book group.

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    A gift of thanks: Book group package

    Thank you for pledging a generous $500 or more toward our $5000 goal. If successful, our campaign provides 6 sets of our 5 dementia-friendly books to 20 NZ libraries (600 books in all).
    Our Dovetale Press Adaptations:
    - A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens
    - Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
    - Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle, by Arthur Conan Doyle
    - The Garden Party & The Doll's House, by Katherine Mansfield
    - Poetry for the Restless Heart, editors' selection

    And as a HUGE THANK YOU for your amazing pledge, you will receive our gift of six sets of each of the five Dovetale Press Adaptations to set up a dementia-friendly book group in your area, anywhere in the world -- the perfect holiday gift for your local community. Please join our campaign!

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