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:

Snowy, Blowy Winter (442456)
F/RAC; Raczka, Bob; K-12 books, P, Follett, 2008; 0807575267
Illustrations and simple rhyming text portray winter activities, and covers snowman-building, sledding, sitting by a fire, and feeding birds; and also encourages young readers to invent words to describe winter.

What Happens in Winter? (450071)
508.2/LAT; Latta, Sara L; K-12 books, P, 24 pg, Follett, 2006; 0766024180
Presents simple text and illustrations that introduce the colors, shapes, clothes, and activities associated with winter.
I like the seasons!

Holidays of Winter (075874)
Videocassette, PI, 20 min, Lucerne Media, 1995
Introduces the major winter holidays and the special days which are celebrated by people of various ethnic groups in the U.S. during the winter. Explains origins and shows traditional activities of each special celebration. Discusses the origins and significance of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year's Eve, the Chinese New Year, Martin Luther King's Birthday, Valentine's Day, President's Day, St. Patrick's Day, and Mardi Gras.

Winter Wonders (098137)
37237; Zinkgraf, June & Bauman, Toni; Professional book, A, 236 pg, Good Apple, 1978
Contains ideas for bulletin boards, learning centers, games, projects, reproducible activity pages, calendars, holiday tips, recipes, and more. Includes the following winter themes: Christmas, Eskimos, Chinese New year, Valentine's Day, snow, trees, polar animals, Winter Olympics, groundhogs, dragons, Lincoln, Washington, elves, and more. ISBN: 0-916456-29-3.

Changing Seasons (447592)
508.2/SMI; Smith, Sian; K-12 books, P, 24 pg, HEINEMANN LIBRARY, 2009; 9781432927424;
Explains seasonal patterns, typical weather, changes to plants and animals, and the clothing and activities that are usual for each season.

Someone Walks By: The Wonders of Winter Wildlife (450159)
591.723/CAR; Carlson-Voiles, Polly; K-12 books, PI, Follett, 2008; 0980104556
Describes the behaviors of various forest animals during the winter.

People in Winter (440012)
508.2/RUS; Rustad, Martha E. H; K-12 books, P, 24 pg, CAPSTONE PRESS, 2009; 9781429622011;
Text and photographs present people in winter.

Snowflakes (440014)
551.57/RUS; Rustad, Martha E. H; K-12 books, P, 24 pg, CAPSTONE PRESS, 2009; 9781429622028;
Text and photographs present snowflakes in winter.