PITTSBURG — The Pittsburg Public Library is set to host the first in a new series of free programs about basic life skills.

Centered on financial planning, the presentation will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday at 308 North Walnut with speaker Goldie Prelogar, an instructor in the Department of Family Consumer Sciences at Pittsburg State University. The program will cover tailoring a budget to meet one’s needs, as well as managing debt.

“As you’re going through high school and college, you kind of have expectations and guidelines of how you’re supposed to be, but once you graduate, there’s nothing and you’re on your own,” said Jennifer McFall, the event’s facilitator. “So the goal is to help people master some of the more basic life skills and direct them from being dependent to being independent.”

Head of Reference and Adult Services Carol Ann Robb said the event is primarily geared toward the 16-to-25 age group, but is open to all ages.

“All sorts of people might be experiencing these issues,” Robb said. “There might be a woman whose husband had always done the budgeting, and suddenly she’s a widow and has never had to do this before.”

McFall said she has ideas for several other programs throughout the year.

“It sounds funny, but we’ve had so many people come in and ask about basic skills and adulting books,” she said. “We have some classic lined up for September and October for when Block 22 opens up that focus on basic meal prep, meal planning, and getting the most out of your grocery shopping trip.”

Other classes may include basic car maintenance, pressure cooking for beginners, canning for beginners, ins and outs of insurance, retirement and investing, basic home maintenance, and basic self-care.

“We want to provide people with real life lessons,” Robb said. “We want them to be able to go out into the real world and make good decisions.”

For more information, call the library’s Adult Services department at 620-230-5560.

— Brandon Schmitz is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be reached at bschmitz@morningsun.net.