It’s the most wonderful time of the year for shoppers! Deep discounts, glittery wrapping paper, seeing someone gasp with delight at receiving just the right present makes the season more merry and bright. Do you have a book lover on your list? This year the Friends of the Irving Public Library have gift certificates available for those who love to shop for books and make their spending money stretch beyond the limits. Friends memberships and donations make great gifts for those on your list who have just about everything. The rush for end–of-the-year charitable giving is here, and all donations to the Friends are tax deductible.The Friends of the Irving Public Library do so much for the library and the community, they deserve the best financial start to the 2018 year. You can personally give to the Friends by participating in rewards programs that give a portion of your purchases back to the community.Since the holidays are just around the corner, you’ll want to pull out those cookbooks and get baking. When you head to the grocery store, remember to enroll for Kroger’s Community Rewards Program and the Tom Thumb Reward Card and designate the Friends of the Irving Public Library as your charity of choice. The amount of money given to the Friends in the Kroger’s program is based on the number of members. Encourage everyone you know to get either card, or both, and help support the Friends.Black Friday is almost here, but deep discounts are already available from major online retailers. You can help support the Friends when you shop on Amazon’s site for charities, Amazon Smile. The only requirement is a free Amazon account. Once logged in, you will be able to select your charity of choice or type in “Friends of the Irving Public Library” into the search box. Amazon Smile supports the Friends year-round, so keep us in mind after the holidays, too.Visit the Friends of Irving Public Library's web site for more information.