"Good news!" cries Seth the caretaker, "himself has told us to send these boxes back over to Catty."
The acq. team loosen their stays a little and breathe out. Out of sympathy I lend a hand loading the Big Berha trolley.
"What's these boxes?" I ask.
"Leave them, they're fixtures."
Being dead nosy I have a look in one of them. Italian children's books.
"A present from the twin town visitors. They've been processed but they're not on the catalogue because T.Aldous wants to look at them first."
"When did they visit?"
I look around. "Are all these boxes Italian books?"
"Oh no. Those over there are circulating collections, we're waiting for Mary to decide where they're circulating to. Those six are waiting for the children's librarians to allocate to libraries. That lot on the wall are Richard & Judy collections waiting for someone to decide how we're going to issue them - they aren't sure whether they're normal fiction stock or whether they should be short loans. Oh, and that lot's for Reading Groups. Which Reading Groups, where, and why we're lumbered I don't know and I don't care any more, I retire in eight years and they'll all still be here when I go."
I feel that I have stumbled against an open wound. I come back later and leave behind some chocolate.