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Once you have answered these basic questions, you can begin to plan the logistical details of how to set up your space each day. Each type of shared space—cafeteria, gym, classroom, library—comes with its own setup difficul- ties. The following questions and answers may help solve some of these chal- lenges. The answers are meant to help you think about your own shared space environment. Throughout this book you will find additional information that will give you a more complete understanding of how to set up an ideal after- school environment in your shared space. Photo 1.4 This portable storage container on wheels can carry a variety of equipment, go wherever needed to support the children’s play, and then be stored when not in use. Photo 1.5 Are you unable to leave permanent displays in your space? Use three- paneled display boards to showcase artwork, create a parent area, or define activity areas. This allows you to make the space inviting while minimizing storage needs. The displays can be folded up and placed flat on top of a storage cabinet. Does your space lack storage facilities? Do you ever have to move to a tem- porary location to accommodate the need for others to use your space? Use rolling carts and handled bins to store and transport materials and supplies. These “grab-and-go” caddies enable you to move quickly even without advance notice, and you will still be able to provide the consistency of familiar games and materials. (See the “Arranging and Displaying Materials” section in chap- ter 8 for more on grab-and-go caddies.) Does your space lack furniture? Bring in a folding table and chairs to serve snack or to set up the art or homework area. Look for other areas in the build- ing that might provide storage space for items when not in use or provide space large enough to store unused furniture such as couches, area rugs, bookshelves, tables, and chairs. Smaller storage areas should be used to store 4 • Chapter 1 COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL