SGS Library Blog June 2023

SGS Library Blog June 2023

Welcome to the June edition of our Library Blog.  Firstly, we would like to say a big thank you to everyone at Jhalak for sending us a huge box of books from their Children’s and YA book prize list 2023.  We have the winning author’s book, When our World’s Collided by Danielle Jawando, available now. 

This month our year7 book club members are each reading the brand new book, Wild by Ele Fountain.  If you would like to join book club, we meet fortnightly, week B on Wednesday afternoons. 

This June we are celebrating Pride month in school.  We have a broad and diverse range of accessible books, see further down the blog for more information.

Hurry, be the first to borrow these new books (courtesy of Jhalak): STEALTH Access Denied by Jason Rohan; Fight Back by A.M. Dassu; Why is Nobody Laughing by Yasmin Rahman; Black in Time by Alison Hammond. Check out Tomorrow’s Lawyers by Richard Susskind KS5; Ranger’s Apprentice (book #1) The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan. Remember to do a book review on the Reading Cloud and earn achievement points!


LGBT+ Pride Month 2023

LGBT+ Pride Month is celebrated throughout June in the UK.  It is dedicated to raising awareness for the issues, rights and acceptance of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and others (LGBT+) community.  Known for its bright rainbow colours which are used to express a symbol of hope, Pride month honours the LGBT+ heritage and culture.  The Pride movement began after the Stonewall riots in the USA on 28th June 1969.  Activists started the riots following a police raid in a gay bar (Stonewall Inn) in New York. Since then Pride marches have been held by LGBT+ groups and the movement has spread worldwide, but not all countries commemorate it during the month of June.

If you study art GCSE you might be interested to find out about the of history the Pride flag and its designer:

Our Library has been busy during Pride month with a range of books available to look at:  Alex in Wonderland by Simon James Green; Gender Games by Juno Dawson; Gay Club by Simon James Green; Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli; If I was your Girl by Meredith Russo.

Don’t forget to check out SORA for books on Pride month.



The Diary of Anne Frank Remembered

Since its publication in 1947, The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank has become one of the most popular and important books in the world.

It has sold 36 million copies, been translated into over 70 languages, and adapted into films, plays, graphic novels, works of art, music, podcasts and YouTube videos.

The secret annex in Amsterdam, where Frank wrote the diary, is now the Anne Frank House Museum. It is visited by over a million people a year.

Anne Frank has influenced many world leaders, including Nelson Mandela, JF Kennedy and Barack Obama. She has inspired anti-prejudice education programmes in countries across the globe, including the Anne Frank Trust here in the UK.

Anne Frank was born in Frankfurt, Germany, on 12 June 1929. Many people around the world remember Anne every year on this date.

Credit: Anne Frank Trust.  Visit for lots of information about Anne Frank and the impact her diary has had on the world. 

We particularly liked listening to different authors reading some of Anne Frank's Diary entries:

You can find a copy of Anne Frank, Diary of a Young Girl, under section 940 in the library.


Jhalak Children’s & YA Book Donations

SGS Library staff wishes to thank everyone at the Jhalak Children’s & YA Prize for their kind donation of books for our school library. Titles include: You Can Do It by Marcus Rashford; The Cats We Meet Along the Way by Nadia Mikail; The Twig Man by Sana Rasoul; Why is Nobody Laughing by Yasmin Rahman; Dragon Destiny by Katie & Kevin Tsang; Black in Time by Alison Hammond; The Secret Sunshine Project by Benjamin Dean; Beasts of Prey by Ayana Gray.

In addition, we have the book, When our World’s Collided by Danielle Jawando, this year’s winner of Jhalak Children’s & YA Prize 2023; available to borrow now from our school library (students can borrow a free ebook version on SORA).


Yoto Carnegies Winner is announced

The winners of the UK’s longest-running and best-loved book awards for children and young people, the Yoto Carnegies, were announced on Wednesday 21st June 2023 in a live-streamed ceremony at The Barbican.

For the first time in the awards almost 90-year history, the Yoto Carnegie Medal for Writing is awarded to a book in translation – The Blue Book of Nebo (Firefly Press), written and translated by Manon Steffan Ros. Told through the dual narrative of a mother and son in post-apocalyptic Nebo, this “compelling, conceivable” story explores Welsh identity and culture, and offers a beautiful appreciation of language. The original Welsh publication, Llyfr Glas Nebo, won multiple awards, including the 2019 Wales Book of the Year.

The Yoto Carnegies celebrate outstanding achievement in children’s writing and illustration and are unique in being judged by an expert panel of children’s and youth librarians, including 12 librarians from CILIP, the library and information association’s Youth Libraries Group.

Each year thousands of reading groups in schools and libraries in the UK and around the world get involved in the Awards, with children and young people ‘shadowing’ the judging process, debating and choosing their own winners. They have voted for their favourites from this year’s shortlist and have chosen I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys for the Yoto Carnegie Shadowers’ Choice Medal for Writing. 

Well done and thank you to Year 7 book club who participated in the Yoto Carnegies shadowing group, we have had great fun reading all of the authors whose books were shortlisted for writing.  Our shadowers eagerly watched the live-streamed ceremony to find out if their vote for their favourite choice won.


International Women in Engineering Day
23rd June 2023

International Women in Engineering Day gives woman engineers an opportunity to celebrate the amazing work and contribution they make to the profession.  This year the theme is #makesafetyseen.  Coming together on IWED raises the profile of woman engineers globally who are hugely under-represented within the industry showing only 16.5% of women in the profession (based on 2021 figures).  One of the pivotal aims of IWED is to encourage young women and girls to get into careers in engineering. #INWED23 #makesafetyseen

In our school library we have some helpful books and guides on engineering.  If you are in KS5 and thinking about pursuing a career in engineering then these books are a great place to start:

For more information:


Refugee Week
19th – 25th June

Refugee Week is the world's largest arts & culture festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of people seeking sanctuary. It’s been running in the UK since 1998 and is always the week around World Refugee Day (20th June).  Visit: on how to get involved.

This year’s Refugee week theme is Compassion.  The Week provides opportunities for everyone to get involved by learning the importance of Compassion when it comes to the displacement, conflict and challenge that refugees face trying to seek sanctuary.

We have many books relating to the journeys of refugees around the world.  Here are some of our library choices: Boy 87 by Ele Fountain; When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson & Omar Mohamed; Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah; If you were me by Sam Hepburn; Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys; The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.


SORA Highlights:
BookTok Made Me Read It

We love to go SORA surfing in the library to see which books are currently trending on the app.  There are plenty of book genres worth a look.  In particular, the BookTok Made Me Read heading turned our heads immediately with titles like: A Court of Wings and Ruin (book #3) by Sarah J Maas; Callum by Malorie Blackman and the Hispanic folklore, legends and myths inspired book, Charlie Hernandez & The Golden Dooms (book #3) by Ryan Calejo.  If you are a fan of Spyfamily, they are all available on SORA.

With 80 titles to choose from, logon to SORA today, if you need help, ask one of the library staff! 


On Your Marks, Get Set, GO…
for SGS Sports Day

Sports day will take place on 6th July 2023 this year with the whole school warming up to get their houses to the top spots by competing in events.  There is something for everyone to be involved in, some of the many sporting competitions include shot putt, discuss, javelin, long jump, triple jump, high jump and the much anticipated,'Tug of War!'

Last year's overall winner was Warwick House with some of SGS girls setting all time high school records in the 100m, javelin and long jump.

We love sports books in the library to broaden our knowledge, whether it's reading a top-level athlete’s journey to success, fine tuning sports techniques written by sports legends or even a fun sports trivia book.  SORA has lots of books waiting for you to read, so logon today.


These books in our library have something for all sporting enthusiasts: Marcus Rashford You Can Do It by Carl Anka; Becoming Muhammad Ali by James Patterson & Kwane Alexander; Running with the Kenyans by Adharanand Finn; Sporting Legends: Raheem Sterling by Musa Okwonga. 

Author Tom Palmer has written a great football crime series of books called Foul Play, we are lucky enough to have the full set available now for you ro borrow in the library. To find out more about the synopsis here.

Please email the library staff with your book reviews we would love to hear about any sports books which have inspired you.... and, earn yourself achievement points in the process.


Sutton Central Library
New Opening Times

Sutton Central Library has extended its opening times, click here to view.

Sutton Central Library is the largest public library in the borough, as well as an extensive collection of fiction and non-fiction books. Other services it offers are: Free Wifi, computers, scanning and printing; audiobooks; study spaces; a community zone; café and archive centre.