Community book read planned

Event to focus on helping youths become authentic adults

JEWELL – Ever feel like guiding young people today is like traveling in new territory without a map? Several agencies are bringing people together to discuss issues around raising today’s kids by hosting a community book discussion of “Artificial Maturity: Helping Kids Meet the Challenge of Becoming Authentic Adults” by Dr. Tim Elmore. The event is planned for tonight at 6:30 p.m., tentatively in the Family and Consumer Science Room in the South Hamilton High School.

Multiple copies of the book are now available to be checked out at the Ellsworth Public Library, Montgomery Memorial Public Library, and Bethesda Lutheran Church.

Shelby Kroona, the Hamilton County Public Health director, describes the book as “…a must read for all teachers, coaches, parents, pastors, and adults who care about our youth growing into capable adults. My favorite thought from the book is “as adults we have done a poor job in getting this generation of kids ready for life. If they flounder, it is because we focused on preparing the path for the children instead of the children for the path.” Any caring adult should read it to learn about helping the next generation become the great leaders that our communities and nation need.”

The book discussion is an initiative of three organizations who regularly meet for the Power Up YOUth coalition; Hamilton County Public Health, Building Families, and Upper Des Moines Opportunity. Funds from ISU and Hamilton County Extension & Outreach helped to purchase multiple copies of the book.