I formed a very good relationship with the libraries throughout Kingston-Upon-Thames borough where I lived for many years. I covered many Rhyme Times and ran a couple of projects funded by the Arts Council to teach English through singing with EAL groups. I love Rhyme Times at libraries and always encourage new mums to attend their local one, its such a fantastic social event for your babies to be at ease with lots of hustle and bustle, other children and of course lots of singing. Many people think they have forgotten all the old nursery rhymes until they attend a Rhyme Time and many come flooding back. I have also held classes for National Library Day.
Service Development Librarian Children’s Services at Hook, Tolworth and Surbiton Libraries
“Shirley has performed many Yo Baby sessions in our libraries every one of them to an exceptional high standard providing music, rhythm, movement and literacy through song to the under fives. Shirley is professional, constantly evolving her programme and will work with you to ensure you get the right session for your setting. I never have any concerns when Shirley performs at the library and think of her as an honorary library staff member. Shirley is a warm friendly person, a pleasure to work with and will be sorely missed locally.”
EAL -English as an additional language project at Kingston Library
Team Leader: Children and Youth Services, Library and Heritage Service, Kingston Library
“I can heartily recommend Shirley (YoBaby) for Rhyme and Song sessions with a wide variety of children. Shirley has very kindly run Rhyme Time sessions for us, using a variety of songs from different cultures, and was recently involved with us on a Arts Council funded initiative working with EAL families. Shirley’s sessions were inspirational. She is very engaging and uses a wide number of different musical instruments and props to interact with families. More recently Shirley has started to work with pre natal mums, introducing them to music and rhyme. Kingston’s loss (as Shirley is moving) is Haslemere’s gain. Please feel free to contact me if you would like more information on the work Shirley has undertaken with Kingston Libraries’”.