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:

video, Preschool/Kindergarten - Primary, 00:06:46, Weston Woods, 2002
A baby goose, adopted at birth by a family of woodchucks, feels like an outcast in everything she does until she discovers - all by herself - that she can fly. Narrated by Laura Dern. Co-produced by Sarah Kerruish for Spellbound Productions and Weston Woods. Series: Spring Science

Animals in Spring (002603)
591.5/RUS; Rustad, Martha E. H; K-12 books, P, 24 pg, Capstone Press, 2013; QB637.5; 9781429686556. Color photos and simple text introduce how animals come to life in the spring season.

Weather in Spring (002822)
551.6/RUS; Rustad, Martha E. H; K-12 books, P, 24 pg, Capstone Press, 2013; QB637.5; 9781429686549. Color photos and simple text introduce how the weather in spring changes.

In The Small, Small Pond
video, Preschool/Kindergarten - Primary, 00:06:14, Weston Woods, 2001
Spring is here in this cheerful introduction to the seasons. Frogs leap, tadpoles wriggle, geese waddle, and minnows scatter. Young kids won't want to miss a single splash. Stunning art is a feast for the youngest eyes. Narrated by Laura Dern. As narrator, Laura Dern. . . matches her speed and inflection to both the word and the creature's action. A crescendo rises with the activity in and around the pond as the seasons change and fades to the s-l-o-w beat of hibernation.

Spring (073459)
Videocassette, PI, 16 min, National Geographic Society, 1983
Looks at the activities and changes common to the spring season such as birds returning from their wintering grounds and ice and snow beginning to melt. Shows the farmer plowing and sowing his fields while animals awaken from hibernation.

How Robin Saved Spring (442137)
F/OUE; Ouellet, Debbie; K-12 books, P, Follett, 2009; 0805069704
When Lady Winter casts a sleeping spell on Sister Spring, Robin and the other forest animals try one by one to sneak past Lady Winter and awaken her sister, so that spring will finally arrive.

New Beginning: Celebrating the Spring Equinox (436753)
394.26/PFE; Pfeffer, Wendy; K-12 books, P, 40 pg, Follett, 2008; 0525478744
Full-color illustrations and simple text explain the science of the equinox and how it is celebrated in many different cultures around the world.

A Happy Heart (451789)
Brunstetter, Wanda E; Multimedia kit, I, 180 min, Findaway World, 2010
The arrival of spring brings non-stop trouble into the life of eleven-year-old Rachel Yoder, whose extra chores, new glasses, and other trials turn the normally cheerful girl into a grouch. Book by Wanda E. Brunstetter, ISBN: 978-1-60260-134-5