Welcome to the Boyd-Moline Library

The First Academy Library exists to encourage students to become lifelong learners. It assists students in becoming information literate so that they may be proficient consumers and producers of information. In the centrally located Library Media Center, every student is encouraged to make reading and learning a way of life.

Frequented Resources

Library Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday – 7:30 am to 3:30 pm*
Friday – 7:30 am to 2:45 pm
Summertime – Closed

**Students must be in grades 6-12 to visit the library before or after school.

Borrowing Material

Every student is permitted to check-out up to four (4) books with their parents. Books are due two weeks after check-out and can be renewed by the Library Staff if needed. The number of books students are able to check-out without their parents varies by grade level:

Students are allowed to borrow beyond the requisite number of books if the material pertains to a school project. These items are also renewable if needed.

About the Library

Information is found in many places and formats in today’s world. The First Academy’s collection has been developed to support the curriculum in all divisions. There are approximately 20,000 volumes that appeal to all grade levels in order to provide an excellent collection of classical, modern, and Christian fiction and non-fiction, as well as videos and online research databases.

The Library Media Center has evolved into a multi-purpose forum for scholarship and social interaction. The Library Computer Lab provides 25 MacBooks and 20 iPads for individual student and classroom use. The Computer Lab provides a quiet, student-only testing environment. Five iMac desktop computers and 16 iPads are also available in the library. Three multimedia projectors are also installed for librarian, teacher, and guest usage. The Library is also host to Upper School students taking FLVS or Dual Enrollment classes, as well as Professional Development workshops and staff meetings.

The Library strives to provide the latest technology so it can best serve faculty, staff and students. iPads can be used for taking Accelerated Reader quizzes and completing Accelerated Math practices and tests. The network supports the Library’s various catalogs – Follet Destiny, Renaissance Home Connect and EBSCO online databases. For more information please contact the Library Staff or see the resources provided below.

Research Databases

EBSCOhost Database

The First Academy has partnered with EBSCOhost to provide valuable academic searching by Publication, Image, Subjects and more. EBCOhost offers millions of Magazines, Academic Journals, News, Reviews and more to research your subject.

Forgot the ID/Password?
Click here then visit the RenWeb TFA Library Page.


Florida Electronic Library

The Florida Electronic Library provides access to over fifty online databases, perfect for students and teachers. These databases include various types of material such as general reference, journals, and e-books, and cover numerous topics including arts, business, government, history, medicine, science, and social studies.


Research Databases

The Library has purchased databases for your use. Please use the information below for your students to access. If you are using a TFA device, the link will take you straight to the database. For home use, please use the username and password below as well.

Your subscription is for the following databases:

For Home Access Only

Username: facadlib
Password: facadlib


Each user must register by clicking the “Register” button on the login screen. Access to your subscription is currently enabled via IP authentication and username/password. A student registering as a new user from on campus will not be prompted for a school subscription username/password. If the student is off campus, he would need to enter the credentials shown in RenWeb.

NoodleTools is an online research management platform that promotes critical thinking and authentic research. Students stay organized as they evaluate information, build accurate citations, archive source material, take notes, outline topics, and prepare to write. Three differentiated levels support individual students across grades and abilities.

The classroom environment allows librarians and teachers to provide feedback, monitor individual contributions to group work, and view statistics about source use. In contrast to an auto-cite, auto-evaluate product, we support students to engage deeply in research and produce original work.

Destiny Quest

Destiny Quest is the Media Center’s online public access catalog. Browse the catalog to see what the library has on the shelf and discover how to:

Follet Digital Reader

Follet Digital Reader is the Library Media Center’s digital shelf for our eBooks. Browse our newest additions, download them to your iPad, or read them online. An app is also available and our step-by-step tutorial is located on the Library FAQ webpage.

Looking for a title that isn’t found in our collection? Search for the book, then click ‘Make a wish’ link and the book will be added to our library’s wish list, which is used by our librarians to help determine future book orders.

Orange County Public Library

The Public Library has so many resources that you’ll be rushing out to get your public library card if you don’t already have one! For Orange County residents, home delivery is a wonderful benefit with your books or CDs being delivered free right to your doorstep. OCPL also has database services. All you need is an Orange County Library Card in order to access these excellent research tools, most of which are available for use from home.

AR/Renaissance Home Connect

Home Connect will allow parents to take a look at: AR progress for the reporting period or for the entire year; virtual bookcase with covers of all AR books your child has read since they have been at TFA; the number of words read (based on AR books read and quizzes passed), and vocabulary achievements (for separate vocabulary quizzes taken). Get your Summer Accelerated Reader Instructions here.

Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media provides a great resource for reviews and a wealth of information about many books as well as movies, apps, and video games. They are the nation’s leading independent non-profit organization dedicated to empowering kids to thrive in a world of media and technology. Families, educators, and policymakers turn to Common Sense for unbiased information and trusted advice to help them learn how to harness the positive power of media and technology for all kids.

Library Aide Program

The Sixth Grade Library Aide Program exists to promote the qualities of the Christian faith through service to others. This program follows the mission and vision of The First Academy to exemplify character before career, wisdom beyond scholarship, service before self, and participation as a way of life. Students can earn their required service hours through this program if accepted. Applications for Fall 2022 are currently closed.

Middle & Upper School Writing Center

We are excited to provide resources to strengthen writing at The First Academy. Sir Francis Bacon said, “Reading maketh a broad man, speaking a ready man, writing an exact man.” We aspire to graduate students who are skilled in all three areas.

Purpose: The Writing Center exists to improve writing instruction and writing performance. The Director of the Writing Center is available to support students and teachers during any of the writing and/or research processes during the school year.

Process: Appointments can be made as needs arise throughout the curriculum (grammar, sentence structure, etc.) or for specific projects. Students, teachers, or parents can make an appointment for students online here. Once an appointment is scheduled, students are responsible for communicating with their teachers and making up any work they missed. Unless specifically discussed with Miss Whitaker, appointments are not available before school, during Recharge, or lunch. Appointments typically last 20 minutes; if more time is required, please reach out to Miss Whitaker in advance. The Writing Center is located in the Boyd-Moline Library.

Programs: This year, the Writing Center will host monthly sessions for Middle and Upper School students. Each month, a different topic will be addressed, such as APA, finding opposition, and how to write with a biblical worldview in mind. The Senior Thesis Project is supported through The Writing Center. Copies of past award-winning Senior Thesis Projects are available for review. A comprehensive Christian Worldview Reading Collection is also available.

Form and Style: All classroom writing projects follow the APA Method. The Writing Center is a place where APA resources are available for students and teachers. The Director of The Writing Center is available for classroom instruction and individual tutoring in APA.

Classroom Support: The Writing Center exists to support students and teachers in becoming outstanding writers. Teachers can refer a student to the Writing Center if and when necessary. Additionally, the Director of the Writing Center can come into the classroom as needed during the research process.


Amanda Whitaker, University of Florida (BS), Florida State University (MS), Colson Fellow, TFA Alum

Email – amandawhitaker@thefirstacademy.org

Cell – 407-580-7897

Schedule an appointment – http://calendly.com/amandawhitaker/writing-consultation

Office Hours – 8 AM to 11 AM Monday – Friday / 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM Monday – Thursday

  • Facts at a Glance

    • 21,102

      Volunteer hours given by the Upper School Students last year.
    • 1,460

      Alumni since 1986.
  • The First Academy is Accredited by:

    • Florida Council of Independent Schools
    • Southern Association of Independent Schools
    • AdvancEd Southern Association of Colleges & Schools
    • Council on Educational Standards & Accountability
    • Association of Christian Schools International