Library Offers Budgeting Education

Prendergast Library will offer a program called Personal Budgeting Simplified at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Bruce A. Gleason will explain how a budget works and how to create and stick to one.

“Sometimes we look at budgeting as an insurmountable obstacle that we can never understand. The issue is that we never look at a budget the way we should,” Gleason said.

This class will examine a few everyday expenditures and break them down to show how a budget works from its basic principles. It will also explore various ways to create a personal budget and how to adhere to one even when that seems difficult.

“Budgeting does not have to be complicated. It just needs to be tackled one step at a time,” according to Gleason.

A lifelong resident of Chautauqua County, Gleason is a financial representative in Jamestown and works at Young Tax Service. He was previously employed for 10 years in the financial services industry as a branch manager of a local bank focusing on mortgages and personal loans. He holds licenses in New York and Pennsylvania.

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, Renee Shutters, a Feingold volunteer-parent advocate, will talk about how food choices can affect behavior, health, and ability to learn. More information is available at

Another parent education opportunity will be offered at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder by Ryan M. Smith and Alycia Yard Johnson.

Prendergast Library is located at 509 Cherry St., Jamestown. For information about any of these programs for parents, call 484-7135.