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 9

    date posted: Friday 20 Nov 2020

    SGS Library Blog – Autumn term week 9

    SGS Library

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

    The answer to last week's question is Rupert Bear who turned 100 on 8 November 2020. Only one person got it right, so well done to Shankith of Y7, who earns a house point. Winnie the Pooh was another good guess, but we will have to wait until 2026 for that anniversary. And page down for another chance to gain a house point.

    Don't forget that if you wish to order any books from the Scholastic Teen Book Club catalogue that the deadline is Monday 30 November.

    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, 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.

    This week's Top Tip for Sora is if your first choice book is not available to borrow, to scroll further down the Explore page and choose a book from the 'no holds, no waiting!’ list. There are over 100 books which are always available to borrow.

    National Non-Fiction November

    As this year's theme for National Non-Fiction November is The Planet We Share, I thought that this week I should mention Sir David Attenborough's latest book - A Life on Our Planet : My Witness Statement and A Vision for the Future. Sir David is an inspirational voice in the warning for the future of our planet.

    He is also one of the 20 featured Earth Heroes along with the likes of Greta Thunberg in Lily Dyu's book Earth Heroes: Twenty Inspiring Stories of People Saving Our World, which is available to borrow from London Library Consortium.

    A Life on Our Planet by David Attenborough     Earth Heroes by Lily Dyu

    This week is Anti Bullying Week and this year's theme is United Against Bullying which is very apt as we saw so many people unite in supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.

    Anti Bullying Week

    Here is a video and do remember you may talk to any member of staff about bullying. We are all here to listen, support and help make a difference.

    And here are a selection of both fiction and non-fiction books from Scholastic to tie in with Anti-Bullying Week. (Wonder by R J Palacio is available to borrow on Sora).

    Anti-Bullying Books

    For some areas of the world, this is Geography Awareness Week, although the UK doesn't seem to be particularly participating. However as I mentioned last week, we have saved a selection of subject related book lists on the P Drive in the P:\LIBRARY\Subject Related Reading Lists - Lower School folder and I thought that I would highlight a fiction title from the Geography Book List which is available to borrow on Sora. This is the classic Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne.

    Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

    There are also a few of the other titles available to borrow from London Library Consortium. These are Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson, Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean and The Explorer by Katherine Rundell.

    Whilst talking about Katherine Rundell, I do have a few posters of her books to distribute once you are allowed in the library again. And although The Explorer is not on Sora, you will find some of Katherine's other titles available to borrow on Sora.

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

    You may have seen the creative writing competition poster which I pinned up in the corridor. The University of Birmingham and the National Literacy Trust are jointly running a story writing competition on the topic of ‘Heroes and Heroines’. There will be at least one winner from every school. Open upto Yr 9.

    Series 2 of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials is currently showing on Sunday evenings on BBC1. You may also catch up with series 1 on iPlayer.

    1.4 trillion digital images will be taken in 2020 – most of them on our phones – but when we pick up a camera, do we know that we can use it as a powerful tool to support mental health? The Photography Movement has set up Show and Tell to encourage young people to use photography as a mindful practice.

    The Chaucer Heritage is hosting a competition for schools inspired by the works of Geoffrey Chaucer, considered by many to be the father of the English Language and England’s greatest medieval poet. The theme is Be Careful What You Wish For!

    As I've previously mentioned, there are always plenty of giveaways on the Book Trust website. Today I am going to highlight this one which ties in with non-fiction November to win three books - YouthQuake, WildLives and HerStory, (closes 23 November).

    And for staff, here is something for you. Play the Hidden Books Game.

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    Tomorrow is Doctor Who Comics Day and resources include free downloadable comics. This will be closely followed by Doctor Who Day (also known as TARDIS Day) on 23 November, the anniversary of the first ever transmission of Doctor Who, back in 1963. That first episode aired slightly later than scheduled, due to a longer news bulletin.

    Doctor Who Comics Day

    And I'll give you another opportunity to gain a house point. I will award one house point for the first student to email me the correct answer to the following question before I reveal it in next week's blog. Which global event resulted in that news bulletin over-running?

    Whilst it is more usual for TV and film adaptions to be made from books, Doctor Who is the opposite having begun on TV before spreading to a huge number of books. I'm going to mention 12 Doctors, 12 Stories, a Doctor Who book featuring 12 short stories by 12 bestselling children’s authors, which is available to borrow on Sora.

    12 Doctors, 12 Stories

    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.

    Finally now for a bit of fun, we have a Doctor Who themed word search. I created this word search at puzzle-maker.com myself and you may wish to try making your own word searches or crosswords there.

    (For easier printing, open the image in a new tab. The way you do this will vary according to the browser you are using).

    Doctor Who word search

  • SGS Library Blog – Autumn term week 8

    date posted: Friday 13 Nov 2020

    SGS Library Blog – Autumn term week 8

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

    Quick question for you. Which children's book character celebrated their 100th birthday earlier this week? I will award one house point for the first student to email me the correct answer before I reveal it in next week's blog.

    May I wish a Happy Diwali to everyone who is celebrating the Festival of Lights. It will be different this year due to lockdown but there is a virtual celebration instead of the usual event in Trafalgar Square.

    And for those of you, who would like to know more, there is a book available to borrow from London Library Consortium called Diwali: Festival of Lights by Rina Singh. Or for those of you studying Spanish, there is an easy reader on Sora called ¡Es Diwali! by Richard Sebra if you would like to try reading about the Festival in another language.

    Diwali Festival of Lights by Rina Singh     ¡Es Diwali! by Richard Sebra

    The latest edition of the Scholastic Teen Book Club catalogue is now available to browse online. There are some great book offers. You order and pay online, but collect in school with no p&p costs. The order deadline is Monday 30 November. Orders usually arrive in school a few days later.

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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, 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.

    The Sora Big Library Read! that I mentioned last week continues until 16 November. So until then, both the audiobook and ebook of Reverie by Ryan La Sala are available to borrow without wait-lists or holds. Read and share with the hashtag #BigLibraryRead on social media for a chance to win some Sora swag! Join the Big Library Read discussion here.

    This week's Top Tip for Sora is that you can explore their catalogue by genre if there is a particular topic you are looking for.

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    Last term, I pointed you in the direction of voting for your favourite choice of the books shortlisted for the 2020 School Library Association Information Book Award. The winners were announced last week, with the winner of the age 13-16 category being Black History Matters by Robin Walker and the overall winner being Africa, Amazing Africa by Atinuke, from the age 8-12 category.

    Black History Matters by Robin Walker        Africa, Amazing Africa by Atinuke

    This ties in nicely with November being national non-fiction month, and of course Africa, Amazing Africa is very apt for this year's theme of The Planet We Share.

    The Federation of Children's Book Groups have written an interesting article on The Importance of Trees and Sustainable Publishing.

    National non-fiction November

    The Books Are My Bag Readers Awards 2020 winners were also announced this week with Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty winning the non-fiction award. This is a book we featured in September when it also won the Wainwright Prize for UK Nature Writing. It really is an amazing achievement for 16 year old Dara, the youngest ever winner of a major literary prize, for a book 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

    And the winner of the Young Adult Fiction category is Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron and the winner of the Children's Fiction category is The Highland Falcon Thief by M.G. Leonard & Sam Sedgman. (The latter title is available to borrow online from London Library Consortium). Caboodle have a giveaway to win a copy of all 7 award winning titles.

    Maths Week England

    This week is Maths Week England whose aim is to share the joy of mathematics with everyone. They have a selection of fun competitions. Or perhaps you would like to try their mazes. They have lots more resources including a virtual escape room.

    We have saved a selection of subject related book lists on the P Drive in the P:\LIBRARY\Subject Related Reading Lists - Lower School folder and I thought that I would highlight a couple of fiction titles from the Maths Book List which are both available on Sora. These are The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon and White Rabbit, Red Wolf by Tom Pollock.

     The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon        White Rabbit, Red Wolf by Tom Pollock

    Also Why Study Mathematics by Vicky Neale will be of interest to upper school and sixth form readers. It is not available on Sora but I have found a free downloadable version here.

    Why Study Mathematics by Vicky Neale

    This week is also Talk Money Week and I've found you some fun money related games and activities. Plus a useful article on how to manage your money here.

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

    Simon & Schuster publishers have updated their selection of free teen reads for this month.

    Here is a fun quiz to discover which Skulduggery Pleasant Character you are.

    What's your 2020 been like? Put your feelings into words by entering the Beyond Words - writing for wellbeing project.

    Here is a competition for you to design a book cover for the 10th anniversary Tom Gates book. Closes 23 November.

    And a competition here to write a 50 word story featuring a mountain walk.

    The theme for the Never Such Innocence project 2020/21 competition is The Unheard Voices of Conflict: Stories from Around the World.

    And a reminder of The Children In Read 2020 auction that I mentioned earlier this term. 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.

    Finally now for a bit of fun, we have a book related numbers crossword to share with you. This time the answers are numbers rather than words, to tie in with maths week, so I'm going to call it a cross-number instead. You may need a calculator to solve some of the clues. It is harder than our usual puzzles, so please ask me if you wish to see the solution. I created this cross-number at puzzle-maker.com myself and you may wish to try making your own word searches or crosswords there.

    (For easier printing, open the image in a new tab. The way you do this will vary according to the browser you are using).

    Book Cross Number

  • SGS Library Blog – Autumn term week 7

    date posted: Friday 06 Nov 2020

    SGS Library Blog – Autumn term week 7

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

    Welcome back to school after half term. I hope you managed to have some fun. I certainly see some of you were busy reading during the break with 259 books borrowed on Sora. Here are the top 10 titles borrowed on Sora by SGS students during half term.

    Half Term top Sora titles

    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, 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.

    Reverie by Ryan La Sala on Sora

    Sora has launched a global book club – Big Library Read! From 2-16 November both the audiobook and ebook of Reverie by Ryan La Sala are available to borrow without wait-lists or holds. Read and share with the hashtag #BigLibraryRead on social media for a chance to win some Sora swag! Join the Big Library Read discussion here. Also there will be a live virtual event on Zoom with the author at 7pm on 10 November.

    The Secret Garden new film version was released during half term. This week's top tip for Sora is that this book by Frances Hodgson Burnett, along with all other titles in their Classics collection are always available to borrow on Sora, with no holds necessary. Plus I've found you a competition here to design A Secret Garden.

    And here is a selection of books on Sora to tie in with Remembrance Day.

    Books on Sora to tie in with Remembrance Day

    The Diverse Book Awards took place during half term. These aim to highlight the best diverse voices published in the UK. The winner of the Young Adult category is Chinglish: An Almost Entirely True Story by Sue Cheung and the winner of the Children's category is The Star Outside My Window by Onjali Q. Rauf which will appeal to Yr 7. You may see details of other shortlisted titles here.

    Chinglish by Sue Cheung        The Star Outside My Window by Onjali Q Rauf

    More award news during half term from The Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition. The overall winner is Adjay and the Mumbai Rail Times by Varsha Shah and the winner of the Chairman’s Choice Award is The Other Ones by Fran Hart. They both win a publishing contract with Chicken House, so watch this space for details of when these two books publish.

    And for those of you who enjoy graphic novels or manga, I missed spotting the winner announcement for the Excelsior Awards just before half term. The KS3 winner (and overall winner) is Witch Hat Atelier by Kamome Shirahama. The KS4 winner is They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, Justin Eisinger and Harmony Becker, (this one is available to borrow online from London Library Consortium). And the KS5 winner is Guantánamo Kid: The True Story of Mohammed El-Gharani by Jérôme Tubiana and Alexandre Franc.

    Witch Hat Atelier by Kamome Shirahama     They Called Us Enemy by George Takei     Guantánamo Kid: The True Story of Mohammed El-Gharani by Jérôme Tubiana and Alexandre Franc

    November is national non-fiction month. This year's theme is The Planet We Share and I have saved a book list from the Federation of Children's Book Groups on the P drive in the P:\LIBRARY\National Non Fiction November folder. I haven't spotted any of the titles from this list on Sora, but they have curated a general Non Fiction November list which does include titles like Dive In and Ours To Share.

    National Non-Fiction November

    ComicScene have kindly given us a free digital copy of one of their comics which I have saved on the P Drive in the P:\Library\Comics folder. They have advised me that print copies are available in WHSmith, Martins and McColl’s newsagents.

    On the topic of comics, Yr 7 may be pleased to hear that I have also saved digital copies of the Golden Beano issues from lockdown in the same folder.

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

    Booktrust have published their Great Books Guide 2020 detailing their view of the best new books from the last year.

    There is a giveaway on National Geographic Kids for a selection of Terry Pratchett books.

    Untold Stories poetry competition is your chance to explore your own heritage through poetry. To tell the stories that get left out of the history books and put your voice at the centre of England’s story.

    There is a competition here to write a magical story.

    The Science Museum has a selection of games and apps which you may enjoy. I particularly like the sound of Transmission, which is a mind-bending puzzle game of 70 levels where you create communication networks and reveal their strengths. (Note the Transmission link appears to be for Apple devices only).

    We have received a request from Sutton Cultural Services. They have a blog called Sutton Spotlight Blog and they are looking for 6th form students to submit book reviews of eBooks / eAudiobooks and wondered if anyone at SGS would like to get involved.

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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.

    As there won't be any organised fireworks displays for Bonfire Night, I thought I would give it a little mention here. Remember to keep your pets indoors, as there still may be bangs from private gardens nearby. Now most of you probably know the first few lines of the traditional verse, but here is one version of the full poem. (There are other variants). Author unknown, written circa 1870.

    Remember, remember!
    The fifth of November,
    The Gunpowder treason and plot;
    I know of no reason
    Why the Gunpowder treason
    Should ever be forgot!
    Guy Fawkes and his companions
    Did the scheme contrive,
    To blow the King and Parliament
    All up alive.
    Threescore barrels, laid below,
    To prove old England's overthrow.
    But, by God's providence, him they catch,
    With a dark lantern, lighting a match!
    A stick and a stake
    For King James's sake!
    If you won't give me one,
    I'll take two,
    The better for me,
    And the worse for you.
    A rope, a rope, to hang the Pope,
    A penn'orth of cheese to choke him,
    A pint of beer to wash it down,
    And a jolly good fire to burn him.
    Holloa, boys! holloa, boys! make the bells ring!
    Holloa, boys! holloa boys! God save the King!
    Hip, hip, hooor-r-r-ray!

    Finally now for a bit of fun, we have a Bonfire Night wordsearch to share with you. I created this wordsearch at puzzle-maker.com myself and you may wish to try making your own word searches or crosswords there.

    (For easier printing, open the image in a new tab. The way you do this will vary according to the browser you are using).

    Bonfire Night Wordsearch