A City of Victoria councillor is giving busy parents a moment to catch up on some sleep by starting a bedtime story livestream.
Every weekday night at 8 p.m., a Greater Victoria elected official takes to Facebook to read a favourite bedtime story live. According to organizer Charlayne Thorton-Joe, it’s a moment of escape for adults and a cherished time for their kids.
“I just want to spread a little bit of joy to help ground us all,” said Thorton-Joe. “It’s been fun to see what our hosts have chosen as their favourite books.”
The book she read, ‘No Such Thing as Far Away’, holds a special place in her heart.
The book follows Michael, a boy faced with the disappointment of moving away from Chinatown to a new home. Over time, his grandpa teaches him that even though he’s surrounded by people and places he doesn’t know, there’s ‘no such thing as far away’ when he remembers who he is and where he came from.
“I didn’t always like the fact that I was Asian growing up,” says Thorton-Joe. “In elementary school, I faced discrimination for being Asian. This book reminds me of my childhood because my grandpa used to work in Chinatown as well.”
She’s already hosted a bevy of elected officials, including B.C.’s Minister of Finance Carole James, View Royal Mayor David Screech, North Saanich mayor Geoff Orr and Chair of Victoria Regional Transit Commission Susan Brice.
The councillor has prepared a lineup throughout the next month, including BC’s Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham, Oak Bay Mayor Kevin Murdoch, and one of her favourite writers, Lisa See.
To watch the bedtime stories live, visit her Facebook page at 8 p.m. on weekdays.