Nearly 20 Russian librarians visited the Westport Library Sunday morning to view its MakerSpace, an area set aside to foster and develop innovative ideas.

The group is on a tour of American libraries to learn about those implementing new and nontraditional programs, Westport Library officials said.

The Russians were greeted by library officials and by First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, who welcome them in Russian. Joseloff was stationed in Moscow as a wire-service correspondent during his career as a journalist.

Led by Ksenia Volkova of the Russian National Public Library for Science in Technology in Moscow, the visitors stopped in Westport while enroute from Washington, D.C. to Massachusetts, where they were scheduled to tour libraries at Harvard University.

In Washington, they met with officials of the Library of Congress, Westport Library officials said.

At the Westport Library, assistant director Bill Derry explained to the Russians some of the MakerSpace innovations and showed them how to play a song using fruits and vegetables hooked up to a computer.