ROCKLAND — The Rockland Public Library display cases are now featuring an exhibit by the Ashwood Waldorf School of Rockport. In one case is the students’ collection of postcards from worldwide Waldorf school postcard exchange. This celebrates the 100th anniversary of Waldorf education and features artwork from many countries.
In the second case are examples of the students’ handiwork projects, knitting and sewing.
Handwork has the important function of establishing and activating pathways in the brain, according to a news release. Current research shows a connection between fine motor skills and brain development. Using the fine motor muscles in the hand can stimulate cellular development in the brain, strengthening the physical foundation of thinking. Students learn to plan ahead, work step by step and sequence steps. They learn to envision a project- whole to parts, then parts to whole. All these skills are carried over into math, reading, spelling and writing.
Handwork enhances student abilities in academic areas. Students also learn to appreciate beauty and function in the projects they make.
“If you’ve had the experience of binding a book, knitting a sock, playing a recorder, then you feel that you can build a rocket ship-or learn a software program you’ve never touched. It’s not bravado, just a quiet confidence. There is nothing you can’t do. Why couldn’t you? Why couldn’t anybody?” — Peter Nitze, Waldorf and Harvard graduate, and Director of an aerospace company.
Are you a local nonprofit civic or cultural group with information to share, or an individual with a unique collection of art or other treasures? Share your display with the public at the Rockland Public Library.
Two display cases on the main floor are available for such promotional displays. These two lockable glass-enclosed display cabinets are approximately 5 feet, 4 inches tall on the interior with three adjustable and removable shelves. The cabinets are 24 inches wide and 14.5 inches deep. One or both display cases may be reserved.
Displays are generally kept up for one month. Your group is responsible for the creation, set up and removal of the display in a timely manner. Organizations providing materials for displays will be acknowledged with a sign “Materials in this display are provided by…” No items may be sold nor may prices be posted.
Those wishing to display in the Library’s display case(s) must complete and submit an “Application for Use” of the Rockland Public Library Display Case(s). Please email Jessica Blanchard at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Library at 594-0310 for an application or with any questions.