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" in the top navigation:
http://media.ia-hsdn.net/tomms2/index.php/snap/login

This month's search was "Martin Luther King, Jr.." What will you search?

Martin Luther King's Assassination
video, Intermediate - Senior High, 00:06:15, A&E Television Networks, 1996
While in Memphis for a strikers' protest, King spoke of death threats he'd received. He was killed by James Earl Ray at the Lorraine Motel on April 5, 1968 and violence erupted in cities. Ray escaped to London and Europe until captured and sentenced to life imprisonment. Seven days after King's assassination, President Johnson signed Civil Rights legislation, but unrest continued.

Martin Luther King (023476)
921/KIN; BRAY, ROSEMARY; K-12 books, PI, 47 pg, STORYMONKEY, 1995
Powerful folk-art paintings and an accessible, fact-filled text add up to a vivid portrait of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King at Podium
images, Preschool/Kindergarten - Senior High, Marion Trikosko Library of Congress, 1964
Head shot closeup of Martin Luther King, Jr., speaking at a podium, in black and white.

Martin Luther King Tomb
images, Preschool/Kindergarten - Senior High, Public Domain, 2007
Closeup of the tomb of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King. MLK died in 1968, and his epitaph reads 'Free at last . . '. His wife's body was interred next to his when she died in 2006.

Boyhood of Martin Luther King (075171)
Videocassette, PI, 14 min, AGC United Learning, 1984
Traces the influences that helped mold and shape King's life. Presents a strong case for brotherhood and stimulates empathy and understanding for those who have endured prejudice. CLOSED CAPTIONED.

Martin Luther King Statue
images, Preschool/Kindergarten - Senior High, Public Domain, 2007
This bronze statue is a very good likeness of the civil rights leader in Kelly Ingram Park, Birmingham Alabama.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (450202)
323/MAC; MacMillan, Dianne M; K-12 books, I, 48 pg, Follett, 2008; 0766030431
Describes the life of Martin Luther King and the origin and celebration of the holiday in his honor.

My Dream Of Martin Luther King (024804)
921/KIN; RIGGOLD, FAITH; K-12 books, PI, 32 pg, STORYMONKEY, 1995
The author recounts the life of Martin Luther King in the form of her own dream.

Martin Luther King and Lyndon Johnson
images, Preschool/Kindergarten - Senior High, Yoichi R. Okamoto Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum Public Domain, 1966
President Lyndon B. Johnson listens carefully while Martin Luther King, Jr., speaks in the Cabinet Room at the White House.

Martin Luther King Assassination Site
images, Preschool/Kindergarten - Senior High, Public Domain, 2005
Photo of the green-and-white Lorraine motel in Memphis, Tennessee where Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot as he stood on the second-floor balcony. It is now the home of the National Civil Rights Museum.