Frog and I have just done the maths and it works out that there are more central-government-directed give-a-child-a-book programmes being channelled through our distribution services than there are board books on the shelves at Windscape Library.
The latest one involves his having to buy fifteen grand's worth of picture books by next Wednesday week. This runs in parallel to the boxes of books being distributed to schools by the Library Service as part of the Fooked Up project and all the other stuff we're trying to be in denial about.
Needless to say, the Acq. Team are delighted at the idea of forcing through a few thousand picture books in a rush at the end of a financial year where it looks like there'll be another attempt at buying, receiving and paying for one quarter's new stock in two weeks and with long-standing vacancies still left unfilled. Especially as none of this stuff counts as "additions to stock" in the new performance indicators.