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14 March 2019 - 11:44am

Books in Prison

Sorting through a selection of books donated to the Otago Corrections Facility library are (from left) Graduate Women Otago young members co-convener Amy Dowdle, GWO member Mayford Dawson and OCF librarian Antje

Our branch was lucky to receive a very generous bequest from Margaret Cameron, an Otago member, which we used to purchase hundreds of books for our nearest men’s and women’s prisons – Otago Corrections Facility and Christchurch Women’s Prison, respectively. In collaboration with Bronwyn at UBS (who not only gave us an invaluable discount, allowing our money to go even further, but also priceless wisdom) and the librarians at each prison, we chose a selection of books that would be of benefit to the recipients. We made sure the donation would be worthwhile, interesting, and helpful to those reading them, and included a mix of fiction and non-fiction. This project was the brainchild of Young Member Co-convener Amy Dowdle. You can check out the ODT’s coverage of our trip to Otago Corrections Facility here.”