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:

Double Trouble Groundhog Day (442352)
F/ROB2; Roberts, Bethany; K-12 books, P, Follett, 2008; 0805082808
When Grampie Groundhog decides to retire from forecasting the weather, he has twins Greta and Gregory draw straws to see who will take over the important job, but the winner is so nervous the two put aside their squabbling and work together.

A Short History of Groundhog Day
video, Preschool/Kindergarten - Intermediate, 00:02:08, Colman Communications, 2011
A short history of Groundhog Day

video, Preschool/Kindergarten - Primary, 00:09:57, Slim Goodbody, 2006
Join Slim Goodbody and his animated pals for an easy and fun exercise routine. Pretend to burrow out of a hole and be a groundhog for Groundhog Day. Learn some fast facts about the state of Wisconsin.

The Night Before Valentine's Day (450124)
F/WIN4; Wing, Natasha; K-12 books, P, Follett, 2000; 0448421887
In the tradition of "The Night Before Christmas," these rhymes outline the fun of Valentine's Day.

Valentine's Day Symbols
video, Preschool/Kindergarten - Intermediate, 00:02:40, Colman Communications, 2006
Cupid, flowers and love birds are traditional symbols of Valentine's day. Cupid, is said to make people fall in love and when he shoots a magical arrow into someone's heart, they fall in love with the next person they see. Various flowers and their traditional meaning are discussed and the love birds place in Valentine's day tradition is discussed.

Valentine's Day Grump (008494)
F/GRE; GREYDANUS, R; K-12 books, P, 28 pg, TROLL ASSOCIATES, 1981
A valentine might make gus the grump happy but nobody dares give him one.

Mardi Gras (450010)
394.25/MAC; MacMillan, Dianne M; K-12 books, I, 48 pg, Follett, 2008; 0766030628
Explains the history and customs of Mardi Gras, the significance of the holiday, the many ways in which it is celebrated, and how the celebrations vary according to location.

From Space to the Super Bowl
images, Preschool/Kindergarten - Senior High, 00:44:01,
Members of the STS-129 shuttle mission present a specially minted silver medallion to National Football League officials on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010, at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. The coin, which was flown in space during the November flight of Atlantis, will be used for the official coin toss prior to the kickoff of Super Bowl XLIV on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010. One member of Atlantis' crew, Leland Melvin, was drafted by the NFL's Detroit Lions in 1986. The crew also flew other NFL-related memorabilia, including jerseys and a football inscribed with the name of every member of the Hall of Fame. From left: Astronauts Bobby Satcher, Randy Bresnik, and Charlie Hobaugh; Joe Horrigan, Vice President of Communications/Exhibits for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Steve Perry, President/Executive Director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame; astronauts Berry Wilmore, Michael Foreman and Leland Melvin.