All is certainly forgiven after a note was found in a Toronto library book from a boy who claims he ripped a page out while he fell asleep reading.
The note, which was found inside an Asterix comic book at the city’s Main Street branch, reads: “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.”
Librarian Eila McLeish told CTVNews.ca that parents occasionally notify and apologize to staff if their children damage a book, but rarely do they include hand-written notes.
McLeish told the site that the tear, which stretched halfway down one page, is nothing that a bit of tape won’t be able to mend.
“Obviously they loved (the book) and wanted others to be able to enjoy it,” she said.
The library posted a photo of the note on its Facebook page on Monday, with the caption: “Found in the book drop @ Main Street branch. Here’s to many more nights falling asleep with a good book, Jackson!”
That post has been shared more than 400 times and liked by more than 2700 people.
One commenter wrote: “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.”
Another chimed in: “A reader and a conscious one at that. Hope the world does not ever change him.”