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.
Monday and Friday – 7:30 am to 3:45 pm*
Tuesday and Thursday – 7:30 am to 4:15 pm
Wednesday – 7:30 am to 2:35 pm
Summertime – Closed
*Students must be accompanied by parents or guardians in the library after school. Accelerated Reader testing is available until 4:15 pm.
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.
The TFA library is excited to announce our 2nd quarter reading incentive programs. Our K Prep-2nd graders will be participating in a Reading is our Superpower! incentive program. Each week, students can fill out a Reading is our Superpower reading record form. Students can read any 10 books themselves, or the books may be read to them. Completed reading records (records with at least 10 books) should be turned in during the student’s regular library time each week in order to receive a special prize! This program will last from October 22nd-December 19th. We’re excited to see how many books our youngest readers can read this quarter!
Our 3rd-8th graders will be participating in our annual Sunshine State Young Reader Award (SSYRA Lists: 3rd-5th Grade or 6th-8th Grade) incentive program. These books are chosen by librarians around the state of Florida and represent a variety of genres and topics. Please make sure you are always aware of what your child is reading. After reading a SSYRA book and passing the AR test with a 70% or higher, students will receive a small prize from the “Sunshine Store” during their class library time. This program will last from October 22nd-January 11th. Students who read 5 or more books will be invited to a celebration lunch on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, during which we will enjoy a Skype visit with Lauren Baratz-Logsted, author of SSYRA book I Love You, Michael Collins.
If you have any questions, please see Mrs. DeBoom or Ms. Whitaker in 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 over 16,000 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. Lower School Rosetta Stone classes, Middle School book clubs and Upper School study halls meet weekly in the Media Center. The Center hosts various meetings and events such as Coffee with the Principal, Grandparent’s Day, and Staff Meetings.
The Library strives to provide the latest technology so it can best serve faculty, staff and students. Working closely with the Technology Department, the library has a variety of tools available for use. iPads can be used for taking Accelerated Reader quizzes. The Library houses a computer lab with twenty-four Dell computers. Additionally, you’ll find Apple iMacs, Macbooks, printers, campus wide Wi-Fi and Smartboards. The network supports the Library’s various catalogs – Follet Destiny, Renaissance Home Connect and Microsoft programs. For more information please contact the Library Staff or see the resources provided below.
The Friends of the Library is a parent volunteer organization responsible for all fundraising efforts and volunteer support for the TFA Library. This group provides oversight for any book fairs hosted on campus as well as coordinates any volunteer efforts needed for daily library function. These efforts may include Check In / Check Out, book binding and repair, shelving, student aid oversight, authors on campus, and more.
Friends of the Library is directed by and works closely with the TFA Library Staff to ensure all aspects are approved and supported by TFA Leadership Policies and Procedures. Any funds raised directly help with the purchase of technology, books and library materials. The committee meets monthly to review any updates to the library and coordinate volunteer needs.
If you are interested in volunteering with Friends of the Library or would like more information please contact Tricia Whitaker.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
This database allows a search of the entire database of AR Quizzes. If they make a test for the book, you’ll find it here! If you want to see and search a list of the 7,100 AR books the library owns, type in the keycode AD650752 in the white Keycode box. If the Library doesn’t have the book, you may still take the quiz here, you just need to get the book from the public library, an Internet Source, or a bookstore. Get your Summer Accelerated Reader Instructions here.
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.
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.
The Fifth 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 interested in being a library aide can fill out an application at the end of their fourth grade year. The library aides are role models to other students and should conduct themselves in a Christ-like manner both in the library and on campus. National Honor Society students can earn service hours for their time working as aides. Duties include shelving books, cleaning the library, assisting with AR quizzes in the computer lab, and manning the front desk.
Students serve afternoon shifts for one or two semesters. Space is limited and students will be selected on the basis of leadership responsibility, reliability, punctuality, courtesy, obedience, attitude of service to others, respectfulness, and attendance records. Other qualifying factors are the student self-evaluation, as demonstrated on the application form, as well as teacher recommendations of applying students. The Library Aide Coordinator and Director of Curriculum select applicants who meet these criteria. the number of positions available relies on the projected work load of the coming semester. Please contact the Library Staff with any questions or refer to the Library Aide Handbook (PDF).