Toronto boy writes adorable apology for ripping library book

A young boy wrote an apology note to a local library branch after accidentally ripping a borrowed book.

Charming handwritten note to Main Street library a rare find

A young reader apologized for an accidental tear in a borrowed book in a note to the Toronto Public Library. (Toronto Public Library/Facebook )

Folded pages, highlighted passages and perhaps, a forgotten bookmark or two are not unusual finds for a Toronto Public Library librarian. 

Handwritten notes, however, are few and far between.

Staff at the Main Street branch, at Main and Gerrard streets, recently found one such note in an envelope tucked inside an Asterix comic book. Simply addressed to "Library," the note was from a young reader, scrawled in blue marker and signed "Jackson."

"I am sorry that a page ripped when it fell out of my bunk," the note read. Staff say the book had been repaired with tape.

It appears Jackson had dozed off while reading the book but he assured the librarian "it won't happen again."

"I'm sorry," he wrote before signing off.

Librarian Eila McLeish says staff will likely post the note somewhere in the branch.

"We get ripped books all the time," she says. "For this little one to apologize, we thought it was very, very sweet." 

"I was just really touched by it."

To any other young readers anxious over a torn book, McLeish says "we obviously understand accidents happen."

She adds that tearing a book by falling asleep reading is probably the "nicest way I can think of."

"Here's to many more nights falling asleep with a good book, Jackson," the Toronto Public Library wrote on its Facebook page. A photo of the young boy's note garnered more than 2,700 likes as of Monday afternoon.

McLeish says they have yet to hear from the family following the Facebook post but staff hope to meet Jackson.


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