If you’ve visited one of the Des Moines Public Library locations recently, you may have seen a bookmark for “A Year of Reading Sharon.” The story behind this bookmark is lovely — it celebrates friendship, love and a passion for reading. In December 2012, just two months after being diagnosed with cancer, Sharon Kurns passed away. Sharon was an avid reader — she enjoyed just about any genre and read a variety of formats, including books, audiobooks and E-books.
To celebrate Sharon and her love of reading, Sharon’s husband, Dave, and friends from her book club came up with “A Year of Reading Sharon.” This virtual book group picks a book from Sharon’s “ideal bookshelf” for each month of the year and invites others to read the books and share her passion for reading. Readers can participate by following “A Year of Reading Sharon” on Facebook, Twitter and GoodReads, or by sharing a book with a friend, leaving one in a public place for someone to pick up, donating a book to the library, or any other way to “pay it forward.” The goal of the book group is not only to spread Sharon’s love of reading, but also to share the love and happiness that Sharon brought to those who knew her.
To learn more about “A Year of Reading Sharon,” come in to any DMPL location to pick up a bookmark, and look over the bookshelf below to find any of the books. There is also this story from Kyle Munson of the Des Moines Register if you want to read more about Sharon and the books the group is reading. This special tribute is a beautiful way to honor Sharon’s life and her passion for reading.