There might be just over 6,000 people in Estherville, but a pretty good contingent showed up for a presentation by author Joy Johnson Wednesday at the Estherville Public Library Community Room.
Johnson, author of The BOOB (Burned Out Old Broads) Girls Series, chronicled the antic exploits of a group of mature women who have discovered that, yes, life is certainly still worth living.
Johnson was indeed entertaining, and her audience was equally enthralled and entertained.
The fact that so many people could turn out for a reading by an author - and on a weekday afternoon - is indeed impressive. The 64th - and last - reading this year for the author, Estherville had to rank as one of the better turnouts for Johnson.
This says a lot about the literary curiosity and acumen of our community. Culture is certainly not a stranger here.
And there are a number of reasons why.
First of all, we have a fine library that actively promotes authors and guest speakers. That is a long and storied tradition for Estherville.
We also have a public school system that works hard to promote a love of literature.
We also have a community college that places a heavy emphasis on the arts as well as the sciences. In fact, Iowa Lakes Community College students will hold a holiday coffee house 7 p.m. tonight at the student center on the Estherville campus. Admission is free and refreshments will be available.
Thanks, Estherville, for making a big impression on a great author and all the other visiting authors and artists our community has hosted.
When people have had such a great reception, they'll be sure to come back.