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, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday – 7:30 am to 3:30 pm*
Wednesday – 7:30 am to 2:45 pm
Summertime – Closed
*Students must be accompanied by parents or guardians in the library after school. Accelerated Reader testing is available until 3:30 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.
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.
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 Lisa DeBoom.
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.
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. Duties include shelving books, cleaning the library, and organizing misplaced books.
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’s achievement of his or her AR goal each quarter of the fourth grade year, the student self-evaluation, as demonstrated on the application form, as well as teacher/administration recommendations of applying students. TFA Library Staff, with input from the Lower School Administration Team, select applicants who meet these criteria. The number of positions available relies on the projected workload of the coming semester. Please contact the Library Staff with any questions.
Do you have a paper due soon? Are you struggling with developing your thesis statement, or understanding a grammar issue? That is what the Writing Center is here for. Students can set up a Writing Consultation to review these or any other writing questions they have. Additionally, students who make use of the Writing Center prior to submitting assignments to their teachers will receive an incentive in class.
This valuable new service is available at no cost to you. Students can make appointments to meet during the school day or after school by using this link. (Please note: Students will be responsible for any work they miss in class while they are meeting with the writing consultant.)
The Writing Center will also offer future opportunities including: