Portishead school to hold Back To The Future screening for library funds

PUBLISHED: 16:00 21 August 2018 | UPDATED: 17:07 21 August 2018

Portishead Primary School.

Portishead Primary School.

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An outdoor screening of an iconic 1980s film will be held next month to help raise money for a new library at Portishead school.

The Friends of Portishead Primary School is aiming to raise £10,000 to buy new books, furniture and an upgraded borrowing system – seven years after the school last had a proper library.

Since March, the group has collected £5,600 through holding events and activities such as a quiz night, summer fair, overnight camp, daffodil-making and spring raffle.

The library will be based in a classroom which has become vacant due to a larger than normal year six group leaving the school this year.

Jude Woodcock from the Friends said: “The school has not had a dedicated library since 2011 and all the books have been kept along the corridors.

“The money we raise will be spent on books but also towards making it a welcoming, inclusive and interactive space for all our children.

“We are really excited about it being a place where they can uncover information about the world they live in, explore the subjects and ideas that interest them, where they can engage with stories – real and imaginary.”

The Friends have already spent £3,500 on an electronic library cataloguing system.

The technology allows children to scan books and borrow them using state-of-the-art fingerprint recognition.

Jude added: “It will enable every child to have their own online library account where they can access our catalogue of books, write reviews, reserve books, browse other people’s virtual book shelves and even set up their own mini library at home to share with friends.”

To boost the fundraising further, the Friends are showing Back To The Future (PG) on a 32sqm inflatable screen.

The Steven Spielberg classic will be shown at 7.30pm on September 29 at the school in Station Road.

Doors will open at 6pm and people are advised to take a chair or blanket.

There will also be a fully licensed bar and food stalls selling hotdogs and popcorn.

Tickets, priced £10.54 are available online or the Friends of Portishead Primary School Facebook page.

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