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:
http://media.ia-hsdn.net/tomms2/index.php/snap/login

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.

Celebrate the Earth: Summer Solstice
video, Preschool/Kindergarten - Intermediate, 00:00:35, Slim Goodbody, 2009
The summer solstice is the longest day of the year.

How to Create Successful Academic Summer Programs (Q95432)
#43232; Denoya, Laila; Professional book, A, 43 pg, 1998
Suggests steps to follow in developing or expanding academic summer programs. Looks at the need for expressing a purpose and goals for the program, characteristics of a summer program, and logistics.

What I Did on My Summer Vacation: Kids' Favorite Funny Summer Poems (449341)
811/LAN; Lansky, Bruce; K-12 books, I, 77 pg, 2009; 1-4169-7047-9
Forty poems about summer vacation, covering everything from the much-anticipated last day of school to family road trips, wacky days at summer camp, learning how to swim, dizzying roller coaster rides, fun-filled days at the new school year.

How Do You Know It's Summer? (003977)
508.2/OWE; Owen, Ruth; K-12 books, P, 24 pg, Bearport Pub, 2012; QB637.6; 1617723991
Introduces young readers to basic science concepts about the summer season, including length of days, plant and animal life, weather and temperature, the angle of the sun's path as it crosses the sky, and more.

Technology Summer Camp
video, Primary - Senior High, 00:03:39, Worldwide Academics, 2007
A village in the French Pyrenees welcomes teenagers every summer for scientific discovery and relaxation. This unusual summer camp creates a unique environment where the kids can take on technological challenges.

Alaska Tundra: One Arctic Summer (412024)
Videocassette, IJS, 30 min, Sound-Color, CHIP TAYLOR COMMUNICATIONS, 1998
As spring returns to Alaska's arctic tundra, the pageant of life seems to explode into activity for the brief arctic summer. A surprising abundance of life is found here in this land where man seldom intrudes.

Summer Sisters And The Dance Disaster (027201)
F/SHE; SHEARER, ALEX; K-12 books, PI, 103 pg, 1996
When the Summer sisters go into business not only to forecast weather but also to sell the weather that they dance into existence, one serious misstep leads to disaster.