“The Transition Handbook, from Oil Dependency to Local Resilience” by Rob Hopkins is a book that is creating a stir in this country, the United Kingdom and Europe. The Belfast Co-op and the Belfast Free Library are teaming up to offer a three-part community book discussion series, to begin Wednesday, Feb. 3 and continue Wednesdays Feb. 10 and 24 in the Abbott Room of the library, 106 High St. Douglas R. Fox, director of the Center for Sustainability and Global Change at Unity College, will facilitate the discussions.

Hopkins’ book describes why the time is now for the planet to not only cut carbon emissions but also to rebuild communities to become more resilient. The “Transition Handbook,” a manual for this process, is divided into three parts — The Head, The Heart and the Hands — to give full understanding of what creating a Transition Town Initiative entails.

Each book discussion session will focus on a section of the book. The first session on Feb. 3, The Head, will focus on peak oil and climate change. Session 2 on Feb. 10, The Heart, will look at ways to create a vision for a locally resilient community. And Feb. 24, The Hands will explore ways the community can act on the change.

Those interested in signing up for the discussion can do so by calling the library at 338-3884, ext. 10 or the Belfast Co-op at 338-2532. Books are available for purchase at the Green Store and the Belfast Co-op at a discount for discussion participants. People may also check out copies through the library system while supplies last.

Additional partners for this community book discussion series are the Green Store, the UU Committee on Social Justice, and the Waldo County Peace and Justice Group.

For more information about the “Transition Handbook,” go to transitionculture.org.