Prison groups

Prison-based book groups

TEN BOOKS PER YEAR

Are you a volunteer or staff member who'd like to set up a book group in a prison?

$100 per group | No registration fee

BDS is partnering with men's and women's prisons around the country to provide resources for prison-based book groups.  Prison-based book groups help improve literacy and comprehension, as well as promote a positive attitude to books and reading for emotional wellbeing.

Prison-based groups choose titles from our main catalogue, or can select from our Intermediate English / Quick Read titles which are shorter reads available in various levels of English.

Contact us to register your prison-based book group or to find out more.

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I am thankful...to have had such a great opportunity to be part of an awesome, friendly, relaxed group, a place without judgement, but with respect, a place to be positive.

Prison group member

You can see that the men are enthusiastic and really enjoy the book group. They’re participating more as time goes on and are growing in confidence.

Gendi, Department of Corrections
Re: Tongariro Prison book group

Over the years people had often asked us about a book club (I work in the library) so when we moved to better premises with more space we decided to do it.

Helen, Kaitaia