SGS Library Blog – October 2021

SGS Library Blog – October 2021


This term the Library blog will be monthly – here is a round-up of some of the interesting book related events and features that are on offer during October

October is Black History Month

To celebrate Black History Month, The Reading Agency has produced a list of 86 brilliant books for children and young adults by Black authors and illustrators. The list is saved in pdf form in the BLM folder in the LIBRARY section on the ‘P’ drive.  It includes books for primary age which might be useful if you have younger siblings, but scroll further down for books with an older age group interest range. The BLM folder is also where you’ll find a number of lists of reading material available in the SGS Library, SORA and the British Libraries Consortium.


The British Library also has some great resources including a ‘Black Literature Timeline’.



Below, are two new books in the Library BLM collection for you to borrow!



World Space Week is celebrated between 4-10 October each year. This year the theme is Women in Space. More information about women in space can be found on the NASA website.

There is also a new fantasy novel available in the Library written by British astronaut Tim Peake.,204,203,200_.jpg


October wouldn’t be complete without a mention of Halloween


If you haven't logged on to Sora yet, here is a reminder of how to borrow library ebooks via the app. There is a link to the Sora app on the pupil page of the school website or at the top of the sidebar here on the library page.
Download the Sora app or explore in browser
Enter the setup code uksecondary and select Sutton Grammar School, sign in

To browse READING CLOUD the Library catalogue, reserve books and write reviews, go to  and sign in using your email.319 and your email password.

If you are a Skulduggery Pleasant fan go to the website link below to meet Skulduggery Pleasant: Sorcerer, Detective, Dead - and other epic characters in Derek Landy's bestselling series...

 If you would like to win a complete set of the Skulduggery Pleasant books go to the BookTrust website. You need to be over 18 to enter so you will have to ask a parent or guardian to do this for you. also has a list for all ages of scary reads for Halloween – many of the books can be downloaded from SORA. Remember to you have to scroll down to near the end of the list for 11+ and YA book suggestions.



New this term for all KS3 students is a ‘Reading Passport’ where you are able to record all the great books you have read. When you have read 10 books bring your ‘Passport’ to the Library for a validation stamp and be awarded an Achievement point.

Some suggestions for half-term reading have been circulated to parents by email and can be found on the ‘P’drive in the Library folder.


Anyone who would like to submit a book review or book related article for the October blog please send it to


After half-term the Library will be open until 5.30pm every evening.


Happy reading!