Dragonfly Books in Decorah has been named one of 62 of the "World's Best Independent Bookstores."
Readers of the website Atlas Obscura were asked to nominate their favorite local book sellers, and Dragonfly Books made the list of favorites. The honor puts them in some very good company, with bookstores in Paris, France; London, Great Britain; New York City, NY; Hong Kong and Melbourne, Australia.
The website quoted Dragonfly customer Anna Wehde, who said, "This is a small book shop in a small town, and they have more events than many bigger bookshops. They are always working hard to get authors (often local ones) into the shop for talks. I have found more signed books here for that reason than any other place I have ever been. They try extremely hard and it pays off. Additionally, the staff are all extremely friendly. They make sure to supply editions of classic books with beautiful covers (some that I haven't found in other places). Once I had one of these get damaged but I had moved away from Iowa at that time. I sent them a Facebook message and they pulled another copy of that book off the shelf to hold for me without me having to pay online. They work extremely hard to put customers first. This book shop will always be my home away from home."