Community Reading Circle

January 13, 2023

We are excited to team up with Vancouver Island University and the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance to bring you the Community Reading Circle, a reading club where people can read and talk about business.

Our first title is Next: Where to Live, What to Buy, and Who Will Lead Canada’s Future by Darrell Bricker. In this book, Bricker, the CEO of Ipsos Public Affairs, distills trends on demographic data and forecasts what we can expect in the future.

You can find a limited number of copies of this book in our collection as well as an unlimited number of eBooks and digital audiobook copies through the free Libby App. Read the book and then join several in-person, informal discussions from March until June to discuss your impressions and learnings.

The reading circle is open to anyone on Vancouver Island. If interested, please let us know you’d like to participate and what community you live in by emailing before February 10. Learn more here.

How does it work:

  • Sign up for the reading circle by emailing You will be added to a participants list and after February 10, you will be added to a small group and assigned a group leader to organize the dates and times of your gathering.
  • Read the book
  • Attend the discussions
  • Discuss your impressions and learnings and listen to the perspectives of others

Where to find the book:

*To use the Libby App you will need to have a library card. If you don’t have one, you can register at your local branch or start the process online here.

*The Libby App is a free. Download it onto your device and search for Next: Where to Live, What to Buy, and Who Will Lead Canada’s Future by Darrell Bricker. If you need help using Libby, please see your local library team or watch our introductory video.


Gatherings will be held at a variety of local venues including libraries or local restaurants/pubs. Locations will be determined by each group.

Participants will be put into small groups of six to eight people to arrange a gathering at a time and venue that works for them. We will invite all groups to a closing event in June (pending the number of participants).

  • March – Part 1 Who we really are
  • April – Part 2 Where we live
  • May – Part 3 Who we’ll be
  • June – Part 4 What’s next and closing event

What will you discuss:

The discussions are informal with a focus on individual and collective learning. When reading the book, find ideas that resonated with you, facts that surprised you, content that you wanted to explore further with others, things that you perhaps questioned and those that may be valuable for you personally or professionally.