Library employee earns award for work

A Johnson County Public Library employee has won a statewide award for her work in adult education.

Wendy Preilis won the Indiana Library Federation Tom Zupancic Literacy in Libraries Award for 2016.

Preilis is the adult learning center coordinator for the county library system. She plans and executes programs for adults wishing to increase their English communication skills, reading skills and overall understanding of the American culture.

The Adult Learning Center partners with Johnson Memorial Hospital to provide Baby TALK, providing new families with a literacy packet, books and encouraging them to use the library.

She is also the leader of library system’s Literacy Awareness Month committee. Each year the committee works to raise awareness of adult illiteracy and the learning center programming. She also serves on local committees representing the Johnson County Public Library, including the Leadership Johnson County public relations committee and the Immediate Services Council for the United Way of Johnson County.

The award is meant to recognize community advocacy of literacy in libraries by an individual or organization in cooperation with a library.

Magen Kritsch is an editorial assistant at the Daily Journal. She can be reached at or 317-736-2770.