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:

Summer Activities for Children (066044)
Videocassette, SA, 19 min, Chip Taylor, 1991
Offers suggestions for summer activities, including planting a garden, taking a walk in the neighborhood, and having a special theme day.

Spring and Summer
audio, Preschool/Kindergarten - Intermediate, 00:03:33, Twin Sisters, 1994
Sings a song about the Spring and Summer seasons and also identifies some natural seasonal activities in order to teach students.

Verano (000315)
DVD, P, 12 min, Visual Learning Company, 2011
Illustrates the exciting, natural highlights of summer, and activities of plants and animals during the summer season. Additional concepts and terminology include: growth, development, seeds, food storage, recreation, and solstice.

Civil Rights Movement
video, Intermediate - Senior High, 00:04:47, A&E Television Networks, 2006
Freedom Summer marked the climax of voter registration activities in Mississippi. Mississippi was the last frontier for the Civil Rights Movement.

The Kid's Summer Handbook (021765)
790.122/DRA; DRAKE, JANE; K-12 books, PIJS, 208 pg, TICKNO, 1994
More than one hundred activities for summer survival in the water, mountains and camping. Also included are safety tips, ecological pointers, and wildlife features.

The Best of 'Brakes': An Activity Book for Kids with ADD (447936)
371.93 BES; Quinn, Patricia and Judith Stern, editors.; Professional book, A, 94 pg, PEC AEA8 Parent Educator Collection, 2000; 1-55798-661-4
A collection of articles, games, puzzles, activities, suggestions, and resources, which were previously published in the newsletter "Brakes," for children with attention deficit disorder.

Best Summer Ever (045567)
F/BUN; Bunting, Eve; K-12 books, P, 45 pg, Sleeping Bear Press, 2012; 2011030797; 1585366919
Frog enjoys a summer with his friends as he compares himself to a bat, takes a vacation, and meets a Starman who helps him to see the night sky in a new way.

The Longest Day: Celebrating the Summer Solstice (452825)
394.263/PFE; Pfeffer, Wendy; K-12 books, PI, Dutton Children's Books, 2010; 9780525422372
Explores how cultures around the world celebrate and recognize the summer solstice.

Lawn Boy (436048)
F/PAU8; Paulsen, Gary; K-12 books, IJ, 88 pg, Follett, 2007; 0385746865
Things get out of hand for a twelve-year-old boy when a neighbor convinces him to expand his summer lawn mowing business.