The new and improved AEA Media Catalog is ready and waiting for you! The online reservation system allows you to check out instructional resources located at Prairie Lakes AEA in Pocahontas, as well as from the Sioux City and Sioux Center locations of Northwest AEA, in a single search.

The new patron catalog is called SNAP, and it has an updated, modern look. Similar to other Iowa AEA Online databases used by teachers, SNAP allows users to easily filter or narrow searches to find specific instructional resources. Ordering materials is as easy as filling your cart with the resources you want and submitting your request. Northwest AEA anticipates ordering more digital content in the future, and SNAP has an embedded video player that will allow teachers to view and download digital videos purchased by Northwest AEA or Prairie Lakes AEA.

If you have any questions about the new system, please contact Ann Derochie, circulation coordinator in the Sioux City office, at 712/222-6065, or Kim Noteboom, circulation coordinator in the Sioux Center office, at 712/722-4378 ext. 7817.

To search the Media Catalog, please click here or go to the Northwest AEA website and click "Media Catalog" on the right:

Earth Day and Arbor Day
video, Preschool/Kindergarten - Primary, 00:42:05, Lucerne Media, 1998
Discusses Earth Day and Arbor Day.

'April Birthday,' by Ted Hughes
video, Intermediate - Senior High, 00:01:42, Monterey Media, 1993
In this dramatization, performers recite 'April Birthday' by 20th century poet Ted Hughes while floating peacefully in a boat down a river. Hear Hughes's vivid language about nature and spring on a peaceful sunny day.

Flowers and Showers: A Spring Counting Book (427117)
513.2/DAV; Davis, Rebecca Fjelland; K-12 books, P, 32 pg, 2006; 0-7368-5377-4
A counting book that describes spring related items and activities.

Students Explore Spring
video, Preschool/Kindergarten - Primary, 00:01:29, PBS/WGBH, 2005
The kids find buds, sprouts and little flowers starting to grow on the first day of Spring. "Try looking closely for things that are growing."

Pearl and Wagner: One Funny Day (449597)
F/MCM7; McMullan, Kate; K-12 books, P, 40 pg, Follett, 2009; 0803730853
April Fools' Day turns into a bad day for Wagner the mouse when his best friend, Pearl the rabbit, and other children and adults at school play tricks on him.

Mother Earth and Her Children: A Quilted Fairy Tale (450169)
F/OLF9; Olfers, Sibylle; K-12 books, P, Follett, 2007; 1933308184
Mother Earth calls her children to beautify the world of spring and summer by bringing forth flowers and cleaning off the bright insects and then guides her young ones through the fall and winter.

Spring and Summer Come and Go (078406)
Videocassette, PI, 18 min, International Film Board, 1989
Explores the sights and sounds of nature through the spring and into the summer. Covers spring flowers, the return of robins, planting time, nesting, birth of farm animals, summer vacations, fairs, and the ripening of fruits and berries.

Spring: An Alphabet Acrostic (028961)
793.73/SCH; SCHNUR, STEVEN; K-12 books, P, 1999
Describes spring, with its animals, green smells, and renewed outside activities. When read vertically, the first letters of the lines of text spell related words arranged alphabetically, from "April" to "Zenith."

Save energy: Grow your own flowers
video, Preschool/Kindergarten - Intermediate, 00:00:59, Slim Goodbody, 2009
Most of the flower you buy at the flower stores are from distant countries.

How a Plant Works
video, Senior High, 00:20:02, Classroom Video, 1998
Examines the life cycle of plants, elaborates on photosynthesis, which is the process of growth and food for plants, as well as identifies why plants are important.

How Robin Saved Spring (442137)
F/OUE7; Ouellet, Debbie; K-12 books, P, Follett, 2009; 0805069704
When Lady Winter casts a sleeping spell on Sister Spring, Robin and the other forest animals try one by one to sneak past Lady Winter and awaken her sister, so that spring will finally arrive.

New Beginning: Celebrating the Spring Equinox (436753)
394.26/PFE; Pfeffer, Wendy; K-12 books, P, 40 pg, Follett, 2008; 0525478744
Full-color illustrations and simple text explain the science of the equinox and how it is celebrated in many different cultures around the world.