The Family Center is set to begin a year-long book group devoted to helping parents navigate the sometimes magical, sometimes mysterious and sometimes downright messy experience of raising children. Each month, beginning in October, a different book will be chosen to be discussed at weekly meetings held on Wednesdays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the family center.

The first book is entitled The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men. The first meeting is on Oct. 5 when chapters one and two will be discussed.

Everyone is welcome to be a part of this free aid for parents and books will be provided for all participants.

For more information and to register, call 508-693-7900. Participants are asked to sign up as soon as possible to allow for enough time to order books.

The Martha’s Vineyard Family Center is a program of Martha’s Vineyard Community Services Early Childhood Programs funded by grants from the Mass. Dept. of Early Education and Care and the Children’s Trust Fund. It is located at 111 Edgartown Road (across the street from the regional high school).