May 15, 2020 T he C olumbia P ress 7 Off the Shelf Senior Moments by Kelly Knudsen with Emma Edwards Virtual doctor visits and more Summer Reading Program includes innovation A friend of mine threatens to let her dog’s groomer cut her hair if the groomer opens before her hair dresser. I’m thinking of going with her. I love seeing moms and dads in the backyard cutting the kids’ hair, just like when I was a child. In my large fam- ily, none of us ever went to a professional to get our hair cut. That was mother’s job! Ah, more time for memo- ries these days, for sure. I had an appointment for a virtual (using the Facetime application) appointment with my doctor last week. It was my Medicare annual checkup. I really enjoyed my 25-min- ute one-on-one visit with my doctor. And the best thing about it (ladies), was that I did not have to be weighed. Times have changed. Recently, I came across a recipe you may wish to enjoy with that extra stay-at-home time: Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Ritz Sand- wiches. You will love them. They are absolutely amazing, to say the least. Melt 2 cups of milk-choc- olate chips in your double boiler. In the meantime, mix a half cup of creamy peanut butter with a quarter cup of sifted powdered sugar. Spread the peanut butter mixture on 16 Ritz crackers and take 16 more to put on top of the first 16. Here’s the trick: Put the filled crackers in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Then, using a small pair of tongs, dip the chilled peanut butter sandwiches into the choco- late until completely covered. Cool on parchment paper for COVID-19 will not stop summer reading fun! The State Library of Oregon has been hosting a weekly se- ries of virtual meet-ups for li- brarians across the state and the meetings have proven to be a valuable tool for decid- ing what services the library can provide. Input and ideas from the virtual meet-ups, along with collaboration with Seaside and Astoria public library staff, have helped shape a new, innovative Summer Reading Program for Clatsop County families. Starting June 1, Warren- ton Community Library will be giving away new books and “Take & Make” bags with project ideas and supplies for families, as part of the new Summer Reading Pro- gram. Take a bag, and you are signed up! We also are working with Clatsop Community Ac- tion and dispersing “Take & Make” bags and books at the food bank in Warrenton starting in June. Watch for more info on our Facebook page and website. If you would like to donate craft supplies or books for our Summer Reading Pro- gram, please call the library. Another way we plan to stay safe and have fun this summer is with a Story- Walk® —an innovative and delightful way for children about an hour. It’s a real gift to us chocoholics. By the way, recently I found a piece of paper stating that “all restrictions have been lifted” and my heart skipped a beat as joy flooded my very soul. I continued and the next portion read, “It’s kind of old though; it’s dated July 4, 1776.” Oh, well. Someday, it will happen! Now for a tricky question. Recently, I was asked who would be president if the vice president died? Of course the answer is “the president.” But, for some reason, most people (like me) want to jump to the Secretary of State. So much has become po- litical these days. However, as many know, I simply love election years. I don’t under- stand all the issues, but the ones that matter and involve life and death, I take serious- ly. Yes, I do think my vote counts and I weigh my deci- sions carefully. Well, I hope you’ve started or are well into your garden- ing. I think I’ll plant some iris bulbs this year as I so admire them in other people’s gar- dens. That reminds me of a cute knock-knock joke: Knock, Knock - Who’s there? Iris! Iris who? Iris you were here! It will happen. One day, this pandemic will be over. Always remember, God has a plan. Special columns in The Columbia Press Every week: Senior Moments with Emma Edwards Week 1: History in the Making Week 2: Financial Focus with Adam Miller Week 3: Off the Shelf by Kelly Knudsen Week 4: Mayor’s Message by Henry Balensifer III — and adults! — to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. Laminated pages from a children’s book are attached to wooden stakes, which are installed along an outdoor path. As you stroll down the trail, you’re directed to the next page in the story. We’ll create one StoryWalk® a month this summer at three different locations in Warrenton. Keep an eye out for info on our website and signs around the community. I want parents and care- givers to know, you are not alone. Your community library is here to help support you how- ever we can, just ask! Now is the time to make strong fam- ily relationships a priority. For families concerned that their children are missing out on academic content, re- member that, at a time like this, less is more. I encourage you to broad- en your definition of learning and focus on playtime, down- time, and family time. Rather than trying to recreate school content, think about how to help your kids continue to develop skills such as read- ing, problem-solving, and communication. Take care of each other and read on. “One of the greatest gifts adults can give — to their offspring and to their society — is to read to children.” — Carl Sagan Kelly Knudsen is director of Warrenton Community Library. She has a master’s degree in library and infor- mation science and a bache- lor’s degree in English.