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. 1146.

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

Contact your teacher librarian if you do not know your password or contact Northwest AEA at the numbers listed above.

Here is a small sample of the tens of thousands of titles available:

1,000 Miles In 12 Days (023003)
796.62/HAU; HAUTZIG, DAVID; K-12 books, PI, 32 pg, ORCHARD BOOKS, 1995
For 1,000 miles, over mountains, through towns, in rain and blazing sun, professional bicyclists race every year in America's top bicycle race, the Tour DuPont. See the riders use all their skills - drafting, sprinting, attacking - as photographer David Hautzig follows the 1994 Tour from start to finish and looks behind the scenes.

1001 Things to Spot in the Sea (432078)
Daynes, Katie; K-12 books, P, 32 pg, Scholastic, 2003; 0-439-64395-3.
With scenes of seas and oceans from around the world, offers secrets of the sea to find and count, from coins in a deep-sea dive to fish in a coral reef to whales on the horizon. In each scene, readers must also try to spot the boy explorer, Billy, with his underwater camera.

100 Best Careers (701052)
331.7/FIE; FIELD, SHELLY; K-12 books, JS, 305 pg, 1999
This is a comprehensive guide to 100 of the best careers for the millennium and beyond. It is designed as a resource for those planning their careers, those just entering the job market, and those hoping to change careers. This resource was purchased for Area 12 with regional grant monies.

10 Things I Can Do to Help My World: Fun and Easy Eco-Tips (442020)
333.72/WAL; Walsh, Melanie; K-12 books, P, Follett, 2008; 0763641448
Simple text and die-cut illustrations describe ten ways children can help the environment, such as turning the water off when they brush their teeth and using both sides of a piece of paper.

50 Best Sights in Astronomy and How to See Them: Observ (434958)
520/SCH; Schaaf, Fred; K-12 books, JS, 280 pg, Follett, 2007; 0471696579
Profiles fifty sights in the night sky, such as constellations, planets, and meteor showers, describing their unique traits and explaining how to observe them.

Adventures in Cartooning (443573)
741.5/STU; Sturm, James; K-12 books, PI, 109 pg, Follett, 2009; 1596433698
Uses a story about a magical elf who helps a princess learn how to draw a comic to present techniques for and advice about drawing comics.

Age Of The Great Depression-1929-1941 (000539)
973.91/WEC; WECTER, D; K-12 books, S, 434 pg, MACMIL, 2048
Professor wecter writes of the depression years with particular attention to human values-the frustrations, hopes, exertions, and idealism of a mighty people afflicted with economic travail such as they had never before known in peace time.

Crazy Crab
Audio, Preschool/Kindergarten - Primary, 00:00:36, Educational Activities, 1996
Performs a song on the letter 'C' and lists some fun 'C' words.

Creating The Inclusive Preschool: Strategies For A Successful (028740)
372.21/ POL; POL, RICHARD VAN DEN, GUIDRY, J. & KEELEY B.; Professional book, A, 120 min, 1995
Information to help create a new preschool program or improve an existing one to serve a range of children from those with diagnosed developmental disabilities to those gifted with advanced development. Includes organization, family partnerships, managing behavior, and teaching through play.

In the Snow (425834)
F/DEN4; Denslow, Sharon Phillips; K-12 books, P, 2005; 978-0-06-05968
Forest animals come out after a fresh snow to eat the seeds a thoughtful child has scattered on the ground.