SGS Library blog - April 2023

SGS Library blog - April 2023

Welcome to the April edition of our Library Blog.  We hope you had a good Easter break and enjoyed reading some books (possibly whilst chomping chocolate Easter eggs).  We would love to hear your thoughts on books that enthralled you? Login to the Reading Cloud to write a quick book review to share with others.  Our Year 7’s have been hard at work finding historic fiction books around our library this month. 
Please ask in the library for our KS4 Snap Revision Guides for your forthcoming exams, they are great little topic reminders.

Why not try these great titles available now: I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys; Engineers Making a Difference by Dr Shini Somara; Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay; Knights of the Borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden; Needle by Patrice Lawrence; Keep This To Yourself by Tom Ryan.


National DNA Day
25th April 2023

We recognised National DNA Day in our school library this week, which you may find a selection of books from our biology section (575).  Although it is largely observed in America, National DNA Day celebrates the discovery of DNA's double helix in 1953 and the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003. Learn all about advances in genomic research and its potential to help people.

If you are have an interest in this area of science then check out some of these books in our library: When a Gene Makes You Smell like a Fish by Lisa Seachrist Chiu; Gene Cloning & DNA Analysis by TA Brown; Genome by Matt Ridley.


King Charles III Coronation
6th May 2023

The Coronation of Their Majesties King Charles III and The Queen Consort will take place in Westminister Abbey on 6th May 2023.  This celebratory State event will be witnessed by the world as our sovereign makes history by receiving his formal investiture where upon he is presented with the Crown Jewels. The pinnacle moment of the Coronation is when the ceremonial crown is physically placed on the Monarchs head.

King Charles III is the 40th monarch in the past 900 years to be crowned in Westminster Abbey (the first was William the Conquerer). Following the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II, aged 96, who reigned for 70 years.  King Charles ascended to the throne on September 8th 2022, making British history as the longest serving heir and the oldest person to assume
the title.   

There is plenty to be getting involved in and to learn about during the Coronation.  Visit: or view these
Coronation slides.  We have some great books for you to read which made us of think of King and Country: The Hollow Crown by Dan Jones; Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas; Twelve Minutes to Midnight by Christopher Edge.

Don’t forget to log on to SORA to explore more books.


Local History Month
1st May - 31st May 2023

The Historical Association coordinates Local History Month.  The aim of the month is to increase awareness of local history, promote history in general to the local community and encourage all members of the community to participate.

Activities happen across the UK and include trips, library exhibitions and local lectures. It is a great way for groups to highlight local history and for local people to get involved.

If you are planning to take History GCSE, check out this study section of their website, including podcasts and revision topics:

Credit and thanks to: Historical Association

We would love to hear about your local history stories, drop us a few lines and we will put in our next blog, email to:

Here are some books that we liked based on the history of an area in the UK, see if you can guess them?


Don’t forget FREE COMIC BOOK DAY happening in a Comic Book Shop near you!  Visit the website to find out more and take a peek at some of the titles on offer.  This event happens on the first Saturday in May every year and has a wide range of Comics from superheroes to popular TV characters.

Find a Comic Book that is age appropriate for you by using these guides below:

GREEN: All Ages/ Everyone
Appropriate for children, teens, and adults 

BLUE: Teen(+)
Appropriate for teens and readers 13+