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Honest boy writes sweet apology to library about page ripped out of his book

A boy named Jackson learned that honesty truly is the best policy after apologizing for the page torn out of a comic book he'd borrowed.
/ Source: TODAY

The staff at the Toronto Public Library were all smiles after receiving an adorable note in a returned book.

Jackson, the boy who wrote the note, fell asleep while reading an Asterix comic book he had taken out of the library. When he woke up, the book was on the floor with a page ripped out.

He felt so bad that he included an apology note when returning the comic on Aug. 14.

"I am sorry that a page ripped when it fell out of my bunk when I fell asleep reading," the note read. "It won't happen again, I'm sorry. From, Jackson."

"Everyone thought it was pretty adorable and we all appreciated Jackson's honesty and the fact that he took the time to write a note to us," Ana-Maria Critchley, Toronto Public Library's Manager of Communications, told

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Critchley admits that out of the 32 million books the library circulates each year, it's not uncommon to find pages ripped out from time to time.

"We understand that accidents happen and are quite reasonable, but we ask that people take care of their books as best as they can," Critchley said.

Jackson came to the library for an event in his honor on Wednesday and talked about his love for reading. The library staff loved the note so much that they sent him off with a basket filled with books.

"There's something to be said for Jackson's honesty and creative solution to a problem," Critchley said. "All kids should know that no matter what, the library will always welcome you back."

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