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:

Christmas Tales from Around the World: An Untold Miracle
video, Preschool/Kindergarten - Senior High, 00:14:26, Colman Communications, 2000
Relates the story of Mustafa, a downtrodden boy with magic in his eyes who proves to be very special. A Middle Eastern Christmas legend, it has universal appeal, and is a perfect way to enhance the holiday.

Christmas Tales from Around the World: Wondrous Candle, The
video, Preschool/Kindergarten - Senior High, 00:14:31, Colman Communications, 2000
The Wondrous Candle, a Romanian Christmas tale, is the story of little Petru whose bravery and compassion bring about a miracle. The story, drawn in beautiful muted tones and animated by artist Karen Rhine, has been meticulously researched to recreate the world the world of village life in late nineteenth century Romania. A tour of Romania, its lands, and the history of its people follows.

The Wondrous Candle
video, Preschool/Kindergarten - Senior High, 00:09:50, Colman Communications, 2000
Little Petru's mother is sick. He decides to take his prayer candle to the big church in nearby Bostea and light it for his mother. On the way, he passes an old well.

Deck The Halls
audio, Preschool/Kindergarten - Senior High, 00:02:02, Partners In Rhyme, 2006
Classica Christmas music performed for the Holiday season

Christmas in America: Great-Grandmother Remembers (067989)
Videocassette, IJ, 20 min, Chip Taylor, 1996
Presents a trip to grandmother and grandfather's house in the early 1900's when all family members joined together to make Christmas the most festive event of the year. Based on an original idea conceived by Gerald Greenwood. Adapted from Christmas in America by Beverly Scott. Pictures by Suzi Davis. CLOSED CAPTIONED.

Santa and the Dinosaur (069998)
Videocassette, PI, 10 min, Chip Taylor, 1999
Brings to life an unknown holiday legend about the disappearance of Santa's reindeer just before Christmas and how a loveable dinosaur comes to the rescue. When Santa discovers his reindeer missing just before Christmas Eve, he asks the dinosaur and a mysterious Namwons creature to help him deliver Christmas presents.

Santa's New Suit (069327, 502213)
DVD, PI, 10 min, Sound-Color, Chip Taylor, 1995
Relates a poetic story of Santa and his newly colored suit. Presented in the spirit of The Night Before Christmas. Includes public performance rights.

Cowboy Christmas (045437)
F/SAN; Sanders, Rob; K-12 books, P, 26 pg, Golden Books, 2012; 2011938519; 0375969853
Three cowboys, having tried their best to make their camp festive for Christmas, receive a surprising visit from Santa.

Celebrate Christmas (436926)
263/HEI; Heiligman, Deborah; K-12 books, P, 31 pg, Follett, 2007; 1426301235
Photographs and easy-to-follow text describe the different ways people celebrate Christmas around the world, highlighting the holiday traditions of various cultures.