GELS: Inclusive Story Time – Strategies and Implementation Tips

GELS: Inclusive Story Time – Strategies and Implementation Tips

The Connecticut State Library (CSL) and the Connecticut State Education Resource Center (SERC) have partnered to bring you a workshop on Inclusive Story Time.

Inclusion is essential to creating a high-quality experience for all young patrons who visit the library. How do we ensure that all who attend our story times can fully engage in and enjoy the experience? One way to do this is by implementing a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and its respective networks: Engagement, Representation, and Expression. We will cover the brain science of UDL and link it to what the science of reading tells us happens in a developing reading brain. We will discuss why and how story time can be accessible to all. Participants will learn assistive technology strategies to implement inclusive story time.  


  • Public library workers who work with young children and their caregivers

Topics Covered:

  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Science of Reading
  • Assistive Technology

GELS Postscript

With each GELS program, we will follow with GELS Postscript sessions for small group processing, engagement, and action.

Friday, March 25 | 2-3 pm

Thursday, March 24, 2022
2:00pm - 3:30pm
DLD Online Webinar
Registration has closed.

Event Accessibility for Guests with Disabilities

We want to provide what you need to participate!

If you require access services to participate fully, please use the Accommodation Request Form at least 7 days prior to the event.

If you have any questions about accessibility, please contact Gail Hurley at or (860) 704-2223.

You can also see our Library and Accessibility LibGuide for more information.

Registration Eligibility

To register for a DLD workshop or webinar, you must be one of the following:

  • current library staff member
  • undergraduate or graduate library student
  • Friend or Board Member/Trustee*
  • retired or unemployed library staff

Please contact Gail Hurley at or (860) 704-2223 with registration questions.

*Unless otherwise specified that a Friend or Board Member/Trustee is not eligible for a training or workshop.

Note: paid consultants are not eligible to attend DLD workshops or webinars.

Cancellation Policy

If you cannot attend a workshop you have registered for, please remember to cancel at least 3 days in advance so we can give your spot to someone else. You can cancel via the link in your confirmation email, or by contacting Gail Hurley | (860) 704-2222.

Those who miss (without cancelling) 3 events within a 6-month period will be placed on the waiting list when registering for future events. Be sure to sign in when you arrive for any workshop.

Inclement Weather Policy

For all in-person workshops offered by the CT State Library, Division of Library Development:

If the public schools in the town where the workshop is to be held close due to weather, the workshop will be canceled. If the schools have a delay, the workshop will go on as scheduled.

For the most up-to-date information, call us at 860-704-2200.

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Continuing Education workshops and the professional development collection are funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Connecticut State Library.