Boy’s Contrite Note Over Torn Library Book Brings Cheers


A young reader is earning kudos after 'fessing up to the Toronto Public Library in a handwritten note that he inadvertently damaged a borrowed book when he fell asleep while reading.

“I am sorry that a page ripped when it fell out of my bunk when I fell asleep reading. It won’t happen again. I’m sorry. From Jackson,” read the note inside a card addressed to “Library.”

The library posted the note on its Facebook page Saturday and wrote that it had been found in the book drop at the Main Street branch.

The library told ABC News that it didn’t know Jackson’s age.

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According to the CBC News, the note accompanied a torn comic book that had been repaired with tape.

More than 3,700 people had liked the post as of Tuesday evening.

“How precious! Yay for kids that still read a book before falling asleep!” commented one poster, while another added: “You're so honest Jackson! Keep it up. Falling asleep while reading happens to everyone. So don't worry. I know the library will understand. And your gesture to be apologetic and honest is the most important lesson here. Thanks for inspiring us old folks.”

Vickery Bowles, the library’s city librarian, told ABC News in a statement that the response to the letter has been heartwarming.

“It’s clear that many people around the world have also been touched by Jackson’s sweet note. I think Jackson has reminded us – young and old alike – about the joy of reading, especially a good bedtime story!” she wrote.