GELS: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the Library: An Introduction to Trauma-informed Library Service

GELS: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the Library: An Introduction to Trauma-informed Library Service

Presented by Patrick Lloyd: Library Social Worker at the Texas State Library Archives and Commission

This session will provide an overview of research into adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the lifelong consequences of trauma. Special attention will be paid to the behavioral responses to trauma commonly observed among public library patrons.

We will explore ways that libraries can move to become trauma-informed, providing customer service that addresses the needs of the whole person.

Please note that while ACEs occur during childhood, the repercussions are felt throughout our lives; this session is not specific to children and youth.

This session will run via Zoom.

GELS Postscript

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

Monday, March 21 | 2-3 pm

Friday, March 18, 2022
11:00am - 12:30pm
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.