Welcome to Sutton Grammar School Library

All students and staff are automatically members of our Library and able to borrow books from the collections.

The Library houses a large range of regularly updated fiction and reading for pleasure is very much encouraged throughout the school. The non-fiction collection is carefully chosen to support the curriculum.

There is a careers information collection and lists by subject of suggested wider reading for sixth form students as they prepare for their final exams and onward destination.

The Library is a bright, light and welcoming environment ideal for study or quiet reading and is open to all students during morning and lunch breaks. Resources include Pc’s, Scanners, printers, newspapers and Journals.

 

SGS Library Blog

  • SGS Library Blog – Autumn term week 3

    date posted: Friday 25 Sep 2020

    SGS Library Blog – Autumn term week 3

    SGS Library

    Please click into the individual blog post, as the links are currently missing on the library page, (formatting issue being investigated).

    Last call for entries to the Summer Holiday Reading Challenge. You only have until 28 September to submit your book reviews. One entry as selected by Mrs Taylor and Mrs Procter will win an Amazon voucher.

    Now that Yr 7 have received their logins, let me give you another reminder of how to access our Sora library 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 https://soraapp.com
    Enter the setup code uksecondary if asked, and sign in with your school Google login and email password.
    And in the meantime, here is a Getting Started video guide or there is a PDF version on the P drive in the P:\LIBRARY\Sora folder.

    Sora Top 10 books

    Here are the top 10 titles borrowed on Sora by SGS students over the last 30 days, compared to the top 10 across all secondary schools. You may get some inspiration from what your peers have chosen to read.

    This week's top tip for Sora is to let you know that your progress syncs across devices, including your place, bookmarks, notes, and highlights, so you can pick up reading right where you left off.

    Blame My Brain by Nicola Morgan

    It was Youth Mental Health Day earlier this month, so we thought we would mention Reading Well. This provides helpful reading to support health and wellbeing, encompassing expert endorsed books about mental health, including advice and information for young people about issues like anxiety, stress and OCD, and difficult experiences like bullying and exams. We have saved a copy of their suggested reading list on the P drive in the P:\LIBRARY\ folder. You may find some of these titles on Sora, including Blame My Brain by Nicola Morgan.

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    So many book festivals have been cancelled this year that it is great to be able to tell you about a digital event. The Reading is Magic Festival takes place from 27 September - 2 October and features plenty of great events including authors we have highlighted in previous blog posts like Dara McAnulty and Anthony McGowan.

    Reading is Magic Festival

    Now for a quick round-up of a few other ideas and resources.

    Lambeth libraries are hosting an online event on 30 September to launch author Alex Wheatle's next book Cane Warriors, a deeply compelling story of courage, brotherhood and hope which follows the true-life slave rebellion in 18th century Jamaica through the eyes of one boy. The book will be published on 1 October, which coincides with the start of Black History Month, which we plan to feature next month.

    Write your very own bookwandering story for your chance to win £100 of book tokens and a Zoom meet & greet with author Anna James. (See bottom of page for details).

    A couple of podcast sites to check out are Fun Kids Science Weekly which will be of appeal to the lower school and Planet Pod. The latter features podcasts from those concerned about Climate Change and includes one by Dara McAnulty on the inspiration behind his award winning book Diary of a Young Naturalist and his call to action for us all.

    The BBC is looking for young people who want to report on a story or issue which is important to their life or the world around them.

    As I've previously mentioned, there are always plenty of giveaways on the Book Trust website. Today I am going to highlight this one to win a dyslexia-friendly retelling of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights.

    We mentioned about Zone In last term. This is the National Literary Trust's resource which is targeted at those aged over 13. This month they have a free audiobook of Michelle Obama's memoir Becoming, plus this week's featured topic is how video games can help improve your reading and writing skills.

    The My Twist on a Tale competition is back for 2020. This year the theme is to write a story based on Everyday Heroes. We've certainly seen plenty of those emerge during lockdown.

    There is a poetry competition here for A level students.

    The Blake Society are hosting a zoom quiz on William Blake at 8pm on 30 September, the day before National Poetry Day.

    National Book Tokens have a giveaway where 100 people can each win an advance copy of The Ash House, debut novel by Angharad Walker before it is published next year. The book is described as being like Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children meeting Lord of the Flies. Under 16s's will need to ask a parent or guardian to enter on their behalf.

    The Children In Read 2020 auction is now open. This is an annual auction of signed books and items donated by celebrated Authors and Illustrators from around the world, in aid of Children In Need.

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    Don't forget that we will happily accept all book-related contributions from students and staff to our blog. And please email us your suggestions for what you would like to see on our blog.

    European Day of Languages

    Finally now for a bit of fun, we have something a bit different to usual. This is a downloadable copy of The Secret Agent's Handbook of Language Challenges, to tie in with tomorrow being the European Day of Languages, shared with permission from the Council of Europe. We have also saved a copy of this on the P drive in the P:\LIBRARY\ folder.

  • SGS Library Blog – Autumn term week 2

    date posted: Friday 18 Sep 2020

    SGS Library Blog – Autumn term week 2

    SGS Library

    Please click into the individual blog post, as the links are currently missing on the library page, (formatting issue being investigated).

    Sorry that we still haven't been able to give you access to the school library in person yet, but currently it is being used as part of Yr 13 bubble.

    In the meantime, let me give you a reminder of how to access our Sora library 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 main library page.
    Download the Sora app or explore in browser https://soraapp.com
    Enter the setup code uksecondary if asked, and sign in with your school Google login and email password.
    And in the meantime, here is a Getting Started video guide or there is a PDF version on the P drive in the P:\LIBRARY\Sora folder.

    I'm going to repeat a top tip from last term which is how to access a public library within Sora. Under settings, click add a public library, then type in London Libraries Consortium (for Sutton public library) in the search bar and select by clicking on the "This is my library" button.

    Read An Ebook Day

    Today is Read An Ebook Day so you'll find plenty to choose from on Sora. Also if you use the hashtag #ebookLove on social media to tell the world which ebook you’re enjoying, you'll be entered into a free draw to win Sora apparel.

    We noticed over the summer that the most popular books you chose on Sora were the Wimpy Kid series. We are hoping you will expand your reading repertoire, as there are so many great genres out there, but for you Wimpy Kid fans, we've found a competition where you have the chance to win the entire Wimpy Kid collection.

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    National Poetry Day is on 1st October and this year's theme is vision. Schools are encouraged to create poems, performances, displays and their own special poetry anthologies as part of the National Poetry Day celebrations using the hashtag #MyNPDPoem. Also Poetry By Heart will once again be running their annual competition, in which Alim of Y8 did so well, with his 2020 runner-up achievement in the London South area. You may see details for 2021 here.

    And on the theme of poetry, the RSPB are running a WildVerse competition in conjunction with Fun Kids Radio.

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    Now for a quick round-up of a few other ideas and resources.

    LoveReading 4 Kids is an excellent website where you can search over 300,000 fiction and non-fiction books by target reading age. It encompasses book reviews, extracts, audiobook samples, awards, competitions and activities. And it has a good feature in its debut of the month section on Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty, 16 year old winner of the 2020 Wainwright Prize.

    Do you enjoy listening to stories? Lara McDonnell who plays Holly Short in the movie is currently reading a chapter of Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl each day. The film is one of those that has missed the big screen due to lockdown.

    There is an opportunity to win a Skype visit to the school by Tom Gates author Liz Pichon, along with other goodies. In line with the theme of her latest title Shoe Wars, all you need to do is draw your ultimate gadget shoe.

    As I've previously mentioned, there are always plenty of giveaways on the Book Trust website. Today I am going to point out this one to win two confidence-boosting books to help you improve your self-esteem and dare to be brilliant at (almost) anything.

    Another website which features lots of giveaways for all ages is the National Book Tokens website. Currently they have one to win a set of Agatha Christie's titles. This ties in nicely with 2020 marking 100 years since the publication of Agatha Christie’s first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles (available on Sora) – the book that introduced Hercule Poirot to the world. Plus it is 130 years this week since she was born on 15 September 1890.

    The National Literary Trust have launched a new Virtual School Library this week, where every week, a popular children's author or illustrator will provide you with free books, exclusive videos and their top three recommended reads. This week's librarians are Greg James and Chris Smith, authors of Kid Normal and it includes a free audio download of their first book in the series, which may be of interest to Yr 7.

    The Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival has gone online this week and their events will be available to watch until 30 September. These include sessions with Juno Dawson, Alex Wheatle and Devon Glover.

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    This weekend will be Open House London 2020, where traditionally you get the opportunity to visit properties that are not usually open to the public. Obviously the event has had to be scaled down significantly this year, but there are still a few events happening locally, plus some online events. Here are those in London Borough of Sutton. I would particularly like to highlight the online story behind BedZED eco-village, which is the UK’s first large-scale, mixed-use sustainable community.

    And in case you are unaware, Sutton public libraries opening hours have now returned to pre-lockdown timings on Monday to Saturday but currently remain closed on Sundays.

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    Don't forget that we will happily accept all book-related contributions from students and staff to our blog. Plus you have just over a week left until 28 September to submit your book reviews for the prize-winning summer holiday reading challenge. And please email us your suggestions for what you would like to see on our blog.

    Finally now for a bit of fun, we have a Roald Dahl crossword to share with you, to link in with Roald Dahl Story Day which was on 13th September, shared with permission from Roald Dahl Fans.com

    Roald Dahl crossword

  • SGS Library Blog – Autumn term week 1

    date posted: Friday 11 Sep 2020

    SGS Library Blog – Autumn term week 1

    SGS Library

    Please click into the individual blog post, as the links are currently missing on the library page, (formatting issue being investigated).

    Welcome back to everyone after the summer break and to those just joining us. I hope you all had a restful time. There haven't been many entries for the summer holiday reading challenge yet, so we're keeping it open until 28th September. That will also give Yr7 a chance to enter too. Don't forget there is an Amazon voucher waiting for one of you. As a reminder, the challenge was to read or listen to at least 3 books all by different authors, using Sora. Then write a short (300-500 words) review of one of the 3 books with your recommendation as to why someone in your peer group would also enjoy reading it, and email it to us. You can illustrate your review if you wish.

    For those new to the school, here is how to access our Sora library app.
    There is a link to the Sora app at the top of the sidebar here on the library page.
    Download the Sora app or explore in browser https://soraapp.com
    Enter the setup code uksecondary if asked, and sign in with your school Google login and email password.
    And in the meantime, here is a Getting Started video guide or there is a PDF version on the P drive in the P:LIBRARYSora folder.

    This week's top tip is if there is a book you wish to read and can't find listed on Sora, then please let me know and I will ask them if it is possible to add. We may or may not be lucky as some publishers don't sell to libraries. However I have already successfully requested them to add I Am Thunder by Muhammad Khan and Hidden Planet by Ben Rothery, two titles which I have mentioned in previous blog posts.

    SGS Library Returns

    Now let me explain the books return procedure that we are following currently. So that books can be quarantined for 72 hours, there are 5 boxes in the library foyer, labelled Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. When you bring back library books, please put them in the appropriate box according to which day of the week it is today. We are aware that there are quite a lot of books still to be returned from last school year. Please can we have these back as soon as possible, particularly those that were recommended by your teachers, as the students in the year below you, are now waiting for these books.

    Roald Dahl Story Day

    13th September is Roald Dahl Story Day, which is celebrated by fans worldwide. Do you have a favourite Roald Dahl title? Here are details of what has been lined up for this year's event. Plus the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden reopened yesterday following lockdown.

    Roald Dahl is famous for his children’s' fiction, but did you know that he also wrote adult fiction, in particular over 60 short stories, including Tales of the Unexpected which was adapted into a TV series. These all tended to be very dark indeed.

    Bearmouth by Liz Hyder

    Book Award news has continued over the summer. Waterstones selected Bearmouth by Liz Hyder as their best book for older readers and then this week it gained another award. This time it has won the 2020 Branford Boase Award for the year’s outstanding debut novel for young people.

    And earlier this week, Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty was chosen as the winner of the Wainwright Prize for UK Nature Writing.  16 year old Dara is the youngest ever winner of a major literary prize, which he wrote when he was just 15. His book is an extraordinary portrayal of his intense connection to the natural world alongside his perspective as an autistic teenager juggling exams, friendships and a life of campaigning.

    Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty

    There is a local Sutton competition to design a poster about Hate Crime, how it can be prevented, and how to report it.

    Submit your historical fiction for a chance to win the 2020 Young Walter Scott Prize.

    Fun Kids Radio have set you a challenge for change. What do you think we could change to create better and more sustainable communities?

    There are always plenty of giveaways on the Book Trust website. I thought I would point out this one which is ending soon, to win 13 Alex Rider titles by Anthony Horowitz.

    Today is the last day for you to vote for your favourite book in the Children's Book Awards. This is the only national book award voted for solely by young people from start to finish and you may see more details here.

    Don't forget that we will happily accept all book-related contributions from students and staff to our blog. And please email us your suggestions for what you would like to see on our blog.

    And following the photography competition from last term, we are awarding a house point for this fun reading photo. Well done!

    Reading Photography Challenge

    Finally now for a bit of fun, we have a Star Trek themed wordsearch to share with you, to link in with Star Trek Day which was on 8 September. I created this wordsearch at puzzle-maker.com  myself and you may wish to try making your own word searches or crosswords there.

    Star Trek Wordsearch