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Library Geeks Get Ready To Party

As a noted family and portrait photographer, Pam Einarsen knew that a key to great shots is asking subjects to bring objects they like.

So when the Westport Library asked the longtime resident to photograph its “What do you geek?” project, she figured folks would bring their favorite things: dogs, games, sports equipment.

Pam had no idea of the incredible range of things Westporters love.

We “geek” human biology, burgundy, Harry Potter, Greek Islands, Toquet Hall, astronomy, break dancing, coffee, archery, knitting, astronomy, the Green Bay Packers, folk music, dragons, baking, and sleeping.

And that’s only the relatively normal stuff.

Geek - sleeping

Pam’s long project is over. And now — 500+ photos later — the library is ready to celebrate.

On Tuesday, August 30 (5-6:30 p.m.), there’s a free, public “Geek Party.” Everyone who posed for Pam — and everyone who has seen her photos, or wants to — is invited to the Great Hall.

In addition to the geek photos, the event includes improv artists, interactive games and puzzles, and refreshments.

The geek project — designed to highlight the breadth of our community, and showcase the library’s many services — was an eye-opener for Pam too.

Her subjects ranged from babies to 90-somethings, and included every ethnicity. Pam was impressed with their diversity of interests — and their smiles as they posed with their favorite objects.

This word cloud shows some of the many different things that Westporters geek. The size of the word indicates its relative popularity.

This word cloud shows some of the many different things that Westporters geek. The size of the word indicates its relative popularity.

The Wakeman Town Farm folks brought a chicken. Someone from Earthplace came with an owl. A girl arrived with a beautiful chameleon.

“People looked so happy and proud,” Pam reports. “They were surrounded with things that were meaningful — not just their ‘work.'”

New York Times crossword puzzle editor, for example, did not geek word games. His passion is ping pong.

Some youngsters geeked dinosaurs — no surprise. But so did a 70-year-old man.

Geek - dinosaurs

Some of the portraits were poignant. A woman in her 80s brought teddy bears — including one her husband gave her more than 40 years ago.

Geek - teddy bears

Some were funny. Library communications director Marcia Logan geeks her dog — and her dog geeks tennis balls.

Geek - tennis balls

Pam enjoyed serving as project photographer. She was also the informal host. As subjects waiting for their shots, Pam noticed something interesting.

“Kids and people who could have been their grandparents started talking,” she says. “They showed each other what they’d brought, and shared stories. The interaction was fabulous.”

Westporters geek a lot of things. On August 30, we can all geek the same thing together: a party.

Library geek photo

(For more information on the August 30 geek party, click here.)

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The Littlest Interns

Morgan moved here 2 years ago from New York. She calls Westport “awesome.” But with 4 young (and very active) kids — 8, 6, 3 ½ and 1 ½ — and some of their friends flying off to exotic places, she wondered what the summer would bring.

In April, the older ones were enthralled by the Maker Faire. Last month, the 8-year-old was equally enchanted by the new Maker Space at the library. He wanted to spend all his time there.

Morgan’s 8- and 6-year-olds. (Photo/Pamela Einarsen)

Not long after, their music teacher was stringing a guitar. He told the kids they could help. He talked about knot-tying, showed them how to do it themselves — and suddenly Morgan had an epiphany.

“I realized there are lots of opportunities around here,” she says. “Why not take the older kids around town, and let them learn what people do for their jobs?”

She mentioned the idea to Pam Einarsen — a neighbor who is also a very talented photographer. She was happy to help.

Last week, the 8-year-old boy and 6-year-old headed to Pam’s.

The newest photographers show off their work. (Photo/Pamela Einarsen)

The agreed-upon hour was soon up. Pam called Morgan. She wanted to keep them longer. The kids — and Pam — were having a great time.

Morgan had told her kids to be good listeners, respectful and helpful. They certainly were, Pam says.

They were intrigued by her photos — especially of Pam’s sons, who had babysat for them. The boy and girl took pictures of each other. Pam helped them edit. They tried a few filters, then printed them out.

Finally, the kids returned home — full of excitement about a new skill.

Carson Einarsen takes the new “interns” back home. (Photo/Pamela Einarsen)

Pam felt just as excited. Their questions invigorated her, and helped her look at photography through new eyes.

The next day, the kids knocked on Pam’s door. They handed her 2 beautiful, hand-made thank-you notes.

Morgan is looking for more opportunities for “internships.” There’s a surveyor down the street who might help. And her acupunturist…

But hey. This is Westport — a creative, fun community. Morgan’s not the only one with a great idea.

Here’s mine: If you’d like to share your job with Morgan’s kids for an hour, post it in “comments.” Or email me at dwoog@optonline.net; I’ll pass it along.

Morgan’s kids will — very politely — thank you.