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 – Summer term week 3

    date posted: Friday 07 May 2021

    SGS Library Blog – Summer term week 3

    SGS Library

    Please click into the individual blog post, as the links are currently not visible on the library page, (formatting issue being investigated).

    Happy Eid for 12 May to those who have been observing Ramadan.

    For those of you who haven't tried the 'Click and Collect' service for the school library out yet, here is the link to our new library catalogue. Key in SUT, to search for our school. Books reserved before lunchtime, will be available for collection after school on the same day. If you don't see a book you are searching for listed, please let us know and we will consider adding it to our wishlist. Sora will continue to be available in parallel for those of you who prefer ebooks or audiobooks, plus it may offer a wider choice of titles to those on our shelves here.

    And please may we remind you to return books to the Library lobby as soon as possible. There are over 200 overdue books.

    How to unreserve a book on Reading Cloud

    This week's top tip is how to cancel a reservation on our Reading Cloud Library catalogue, as several students have mentioned that they don't know how to do this. Under the Account dropdown menu, click on Reservations to view the books you have reserved. Then click Unreserve in order to cancel your reservation.

    However if the title does not appear on your reservations list, check your Current Loans, as we may have already issued the book to you, in which case it will be waiting in the library with the Click & Collect titles. In that scenario, you may either pop into the library or send us an email to advise you no longer want to borrow the book. We will then be able to loan it to someone else.

    Carnegie Medal Shortlist

    This week we enjoyed watching some author videos at our new book club for Carnegie Shadowing this week. It's not too late if anyone else would like to join the group and we are open to considering rescheduling the timing if that would suit more of you.

    Arctic Star by Tom Palmer

    Book Spotlight!

    This week's book spotlight should appeal to lower school. It is Arctic Star by Tom Palmer which was published yesterday. This is a thrilling naval adventure inspired by the tough freezing conditions experienced by Arctic ship convoys in WW2. HMS Belfast escorted some of these convoys. Hopefully HMS Belfast will be able to reopen in the summer. The Imperial War Museum has a potted history of the Arctic Convoys on their website.

    Tom Palmer is a best-selling author who does a lot to promote literacy and you may remember that he kindly gifted books to several of our students last year. He is also the children's writer in residence at the RAF Museum, which will be reopening on 17 May.

    Tom Palmer has recorded a special Arctic Star launch event which you may watch on YouTube. You may read chapter 1 here and watch the book trailer here

    National Share a Story Month

    May is National Share a Story Month and this year's theme is myths, magic and mayhem. Last week we featured Magical Tales and today we're focusing on Mythical Tales.

    Here are their suggestions of Mythical Fiction Books for Young Adult and Teens (12+)
    Lore by Alexandra Bracken
    The Cauldron of Life by Caroline Logan
    Burn by Patrick Ness
    The Mermaid, the Witch and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

    Mythical Tales

    We have copies of the latter two titles in the library, but seeing that image of Medusa on the cover of Lore, I thought I'd mention a popular author of Greek mythology tales, Rick Riordan. We have more than a shelf packed with his many books including Percy Jackson, Magnus Chase, Heroes of Olympus and The Trials of Apollo series.

    Branford Boase Award Shortlist

    Back in February, I told you about the 25 titles on the longlist for the 2021 Branford Boase Award. This has now been narrowed down to a shortlist of 7 books.

    The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates by Jenny Pearson (Sora)
    And the Stars Were Burning Brightly by Danielle Jawando (Sora)
    Witch by Finbar Hawkins (Sora)
    When Life Gives You Mangoes by Kereen Getten (LLC)
    A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll
    Run, Rebel by Manjeet Mann (Sora)
    Orphans of the Tide by Struan Murray

    And it's not too late to enter the Henrietta Branford Writing Competition which runs alongside the Branford Boase Award. Closes 23 May.

    Booktrust have a giveaway to win all the shortlisted titles.

    Earlier this week, The Guardian celebrated its 200th anniversary, having started life as a weekly 4 page edition in Manchester. The newspaper is now launching a new series called Young Country Diary, for any of you who are nature lovers. Those chosen to have their work published in the Guardian will be paid. Open upto age 14.

    The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys

    What I've been reading this week!

    This week I finished the Carnegie shortlisted titles, reading The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys and The Girl Who Became A Tree by Joseph Coelho. A large proportion of The Fountains of Silence is set in Spain in the 1950's, when Spain was ruled by the military dictator General Franco. I found this novel very powerful indeed. What have you read recently? How about posting a review of your latest book on Reading Cloud.

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    Now for a round-up of some other ideas, resources and articles.

    Here is a creative writing competition for you to write a thriller.

    Here is a giveaway for all the titles on either the Jhalak Prize or the Jhalak Children’s & YA Prize shortlists.

    National Book Tokens have a competition to design a book token with prizes every week until mid June for you and everybody else in your class! Open to those aged upto 16.

    You may read a recent edition of the New Statesman for free. I've also saved a copy to the P drive in the P:\LIBRARY\Magazines_and_Newspapers folder.

    This week's free book from Oak National Academy's Virtual School Library is Boy Everywhere by A.M. Dassu. Resources also include a video and Q&A with the author.

    Want a chance to showcase your poem about Freedom at a global event. Open to those aged 14+

    Here is this month's selection of free teen reads from publishers Simon & Schuster.

    Sora Sweet Reads

    Sora have launched their annual summer reading program. Sora Sweet Reads this week with a selection of titles available with no holds.

    AudioFile have also introduced a new offering called SYNC which is free audiobooks for teens. They have made two titles available this week. These can be accessed via Sora as follows.

    1. Register for SYNC with your email address.
    2. In Sora, open the menu (in the top-right corner).
    3. Select Add a library.
    4. Search for audiobooksync and select the library from the results.
    5. Enter the email address you used to sign up for SYNC.

    For those of you who haven't logged into Sora yet, here is a reminder of how to borrow library ebooks via Sora. But if you are having any difficulties accessing Sora, then I will be happy to help you.

    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, select Sutton Grammar School 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.

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    Free Comic Book Day is traditionally held on the first Saturday of May, but has been postponed to August this year due to the pandemic. But I thought I would still feature a comic themed wordsearch.

    Comic wordsearch

    Wordsearch created at puzzle-maker.com

    Here is the solution to last week's Star Wars wordsearch. This will remain online for one week.


    solution to last week's Star Wars wordsearch

  • SGS Library Blog – Summer term week 2

    date posted: Friday 30 Apr 2021

    SGS Library Blog – Summer term week 2

    SGS Library

    Please click into the individual blog post, as the links are currently not visible on the library page, (formatting issue being investigated).

    The Library is now open until 5.30pm Monday to Wednesday and 4.30pm Thursday and Friday should you wish a quiet space to do homework or revise.

    For those of you who haven't tried the 'Click and Collect' service for the school library out yet, here is the link to our new library catalogue. Key in SUT, to search for our school. Books reserved before lunchtime, will be available for collection after school on the same day. If you don't see a book you are searching for listed, please let us know and we will consider adding it to our wishlist. Sora will continue to be available in parallel for those of you who prefer ebooks or audiobooks, plus it may offer a wider choice of titles to those on our shelves here.

    And please may we remind you to return books to the Library lobby as soon as possible. There are over 250 overdue books.

    This week's top tip is regarding reservations. If you reserve a book by lunchtime and it is on the shelves, we will process it ready for collection from the Library at the end of the school day, for KS3 and KS4. Meanwhile KS5 may collect at lunchtime.

    However if it is already out on loan, you will have to wait until it is returned, but the Reading Cloud system has a 2 week maximum setting for reservations. So keep an eye on your reservations on your account and either come and collect or reserve again. We currently have a number of uncollected reservations still waiting for you here, which you will now see on your current loans, under the My Account menu.

    Carnegie Shortlist

    We held our first session of the new book club for Carnegie Shadowing this week, so I'm looking forward to hearing what you think of the books you selected. It's not too late if anyone else would like to join the group.

    Book Spotlight!

    Nightshade Alex Rider by Anthony Horowitz

    This week's featured book is Nightshade, the latest title in the popular Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz which was published in paperback earlier this month, about a year after it originally came out in hardback. You may read or listen to the prologue on the Alex Rider website where you'll also find games, missions and plenty more. You may watch the author reading from the book on YouTube or there is an interview with him in the Evening Standard. There is also a fan site for the Alex Rider series but beware of spoilers on it.

    Plus I've found a giveaway to win a set of the Alex Rider titles. Closes tomorrow.

    National Share a Story Month

    Tomorrow is May which is National Share a Story Month and this year's theme is myths, magic and mayhem. That is very broad, so I'm going to focus on a subset each week, starting with Magical Tales.

    Magical Tales

    Here are their suggestions of Fiction Books for Young Adult and Teens (12+)
    The Dark Lady by Akala
    Viper by Bex Hogan
    Venom by Bex Hogan
    Havenfall by Sara Holland (available to borrow online from LLC)
    Phoenix Flame by Sara Holland (available to borrow online from LLC)
    The Mirror and the Mountain by Luke Aylen
    The Forgotten Palace by Luke Aylen
    The Last Dragon Rider by Luke Aylen

    I'm going to mention a magical series that we have all the titles of in the school library, which is the Septimus Heap Wizard Apprentice series by Angie Sage. These are also available to borrow online from LLC. And here are the links to Angie Sage's website and the Septimus Heap blog.

    And of course we have all the Harry Potter titles in the school library too including the playscript Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

    They also have a couple of competitions. The first is a short story competition open to those aged upto 12 and the second is to create a Mythical Beast open to all. For the short story, three authors have started the first paragraph of stories on the topics of myth, magic and mayhem respectively for you to continue.

    Captain Sir Tom Moore

    Today would have been Captain Sir Tom Moore’s 101st birthday and the National Literacy Trust have come up with some suggestions of what you can do around the number 100. Back in February, I included a book spotlight on his autobiography Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day.

    How To Be A Hero by Cat Weldon

    Earlier this week it was National Superhero Day on 28 April, and when we can welcome you back into the library properly again, we have some bookmarks of How To Be A Hero by Cat Weldon for those in Y7 who would like one. You can use them to discover your heroic Viking name. Plus there is an activity pack of How To Be A Hero puzzles to enjoy here.

    What I've been reading this week!

    I've been continuing with Carnegie shortlisted titles and have read Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo and listened to the audio versions of On Midnight Beach by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick and Run Rebel by Manjeet Mann. My favourite out of these is Run Rebel, which is written in verse. What have you read recently?

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    Now for a round-up of some other ideas, resources and articles.

    There is a giveaway for all titles shortlisted for the YA Book Prize here.

    The Reading Zone website has been relaunched this week with plenty of resources, including author of the month, book extracts and a career in ....

    You may like to enter the Orwell Youth Prize 2021. This year's theme is “A New Direction: Starting Small” and all genres of writing are accepted.

    This week's free book from Oak National Academy's Virtual School Library is Dragon Mountain by Katie and Kevin Tsang and is the audio version. Resources also include a video and Q&A with the authors.

    Book Trust always have plenty of giveaways. This week I'm highlighting one to win a copy of A Secret of Birds & Bone by Kiran Millwood Hargrave. 

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    For those of you who haven't logged into Sora yet, here is a reminder of how to borrow library ebooks via Sora. But if you are having any difficulties accessing Sora, then I will be happy to help you.

    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, select Sutton Grammar School 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.

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    We are approaching Star Wars Day on 4 May, so I have created a Star Wars themed wordsearch. If you search on our library catalogue, you'll find a couple of Star Wars books. May the Fourth be with you.

    Star Wars themed wordsearch

    Wordsearch created at puzzle-maker.com

  • SGS Library Blog – Summer term week 1

    date posted: Friday 23 Apr 2021

    SGS Library Blog – Summer term week 1

    SGS Library

    Please click into the individual blog post, as the links are currently not visible on the library page, (formatting issue being investigated).

    I hope you all enjoyed the Easter break. Ramadan commenced last week, so may I say Ramadan Mubarak to those who are observing the holy month of Ramadan.

    Nice to see some of you, albeit briefly as you pick up books via the 'Click and Collect' service. For those of you who haven't tried it out yet, here is the link to our new library catalogue. Key in SUT, to search for our school. Books reserved before lunchtime, will be available for collection after school on the same day. If you don't see a book you are searching for listed, please let us know and we will consider adding it to our wishlist. Sora will continue to be available in parallel for those of you who prefer ebooks or audiobooks, plus it may offer a wider choice of titles to those on our shelves here.

    And please may we remind you to return books to the Library lobby as soon as possible. All books borrowed last term are now overdue, so outstanding loans have jumped up to over 300.

    Reading Cloud Who Next

    This week's top tip is for our school library Reading Cloud catalogue. You may use the Who Next? functionality to get recommendations of other authors to try based on your favourite author.

    Book Spotlight!

    Silence is Not an Option by Stuart Lawrence

    This week's Book Spotlight focuses on Silence is Not an Option by Stuart Lawrence, which was published earlier this month. Stuart is the younger brother of Stephen Lawrence, who at age 18, was murdered in an unprovoked racist attack on 22 April 1993. Yesterday was the 28th anniversary of Stephen's death and thousands of people along with the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation paid tribute to him, celebrating his life and legacy.

    Stuart is an educator and motivational speaker, dedicated to helping to transform the life chances of young people. His book is aimed at inspiring you to Stand Up, Speak Out and Be The Difference and is interspersed with reflections on his brother Stephen's life and murder. You may see a very brief video on Moon Lane TV by Stuart here and read an interview in the Guardian. Also I have saved a copy of the teaching resource pack for this book on the P drive in the P:\LIBRARY folder.

    There are also plenty of other books which have been written either about Stephen Lawrence or on themes related to the Legacy of Change. I have saved a copy of both the Stephen Lawrence Day Secondary Annotated Reading List and the Stephen Lawrence Schools Booklet on the P drive in the P:\LIBRARY folder.

    Stephen Lawrence Day Reading List

    The latest edition of the Scholastic Teen Book Club catalogue is being distributed to you and more titles are available to browse online. There are some great book offers including Silence is Not an Option. You order and pay online, but collect in school with no p&p costs. The order deadline is Monday 17 May. Orders usually arrive in school a few days later.

    Earth Day

    Another event celebrated globally yesterday is Earth Day. They have a quiz on Environmental Literacy plus plenty more ideas for promoting Climate Literacy. Here are some of their suggestions of books to read, but you'll need to page down for age appropriate titles. Interestingly I saw a recent article in The Times that universities are starting to offer Climate Change degrees.

    GLLI (Global Literature in Libraries Initiative) Translated YA Book Prize

    Book Award News from the 2021 GLLI (Global Literature in Libraries Initiative) Translated YA Book Prize. The purpose of this initiative is to increase the visibility of international works which have been translated into English so that more readers can enjoy the breadth of diversity in these books. So the joint winners of the 2021 GLLI Translated YA Book Prize are two titles celebrating contemporary gay life in Brazil – Here the Whole Time by Vitor Martins and Where We Go from Here by Lucas Rocha. Both books have been translated from Portuguese by Larissa Helena.

    UKLA Book Awards Shortlists

    The UKLA Book Awards Shortlists 2021 have also been announced this month. These awards are judged by teachers.

    World Book Night

    This evening is World Book Night, the adult version of World Book Day and upper school may enjoy some of events. I'm going to highlight the session where former Nobel Laureate in Literature Kazuo Ishiguro will be in conversation with Kate Mosse. Kazuo Ishiguro's latest bestseller Klara and the Sun was published last month.

    Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

    The first session of our book club for shadowing the 2021 CILIP Carnegie Medal will be next Wednesday after school in the library. The shadowing scheme is where young people get the chance to read and vote on their choice for the winning book from the shortlisted titles. If anyone else is interested in being involved, then do please email us or come along to the first session. You may read as few or many of the titles as you wish.

    Carnegie Medal shortlist

    What I've been reading over Easter!

    In readiness for the Carnegie Shadowing, I read two of the shortlisted books over Easter. The first was The Girl who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson. This links in another of her titles - The House with Chicken Legs which was last term's book for Y7 Reading Support group. And the second was Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds, a collection of interlinked short stories set on the walk home from school (US rather than UK).

    I also borrowed the audio version of another of the shortlisted titles Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk from Sora. A hard call to decide my favourite between The Girl Who Speaks Bear and Echo Mountain. What have you read recently?

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     Now for a round-up of some other ideas, resources and articles.

    This month is National Poetry Writing Month known as NaPoWriMo. I've found a challenge to write an Erasure Poem, which is a poem found within another text.

    Here is this month's selection of free teen reads from publishers Simon & Schuster.

    The Royal Mail is running a Heroes Stamp Design Competition, open to those aged upto 14.

    There is a competition here to write a short story on the theme of Food Discovery. Closes 30 April.

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    For those of you who haven't logged into Sora yet, here is a reminder of how to borrow library ebooks via Sora. But if you are having any difficulties accessing Sora, then I will be happy to help you.

    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, select Sutton Grammar School 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.

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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, or if you wish to be involved with a podcast book chat or one of our Reading Groups. In particular, as regards the podcasts, we would love to hear if you have any ideas or editorial experience you wish to tell us about.

    April is National Pet Month, so I've created you a fun crossword based on books featuring animals, although not all would make good pets.

    Animal crossword

    Crossword created at puzzle-maker.com