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 "Cinco de Mayo."

Cinco de Mayo : Celebrating the Traditions of Mexico (442791)
394.262/HOY; Hoyt-Goldsmith, Diane.; K-12 books, PI, 30 pg, Follett, 2008; 0823421074
A young Mexican American girl from California learns about the history of Cinco de Mayo and her culture's traditions for celebrating the holiday.

Mexican Independence Day and Cinco de Mayo (449847)
972/MAC; MacMillan, Dianne M; K-12 books, I, 48 pg, Follett, 2008; 076603044X
Provides background on the people and events that are commemorated on two important Mexican holidays, Independence Day and Cinco de Mayo, and describes how these holidays are celebrated.

Marco's Cinco de Mayo (001085)
394.262/BUL; Bullard, Lisa; K-12 books, P, 24 pg, Millbrook Press, 2012; 2011021293; 0761385800
Marco describes how his family celebrates Cinco de Mayo, explaining what Cinco de Mayo is and why it is important.

The Story of Cinco de Mayo
video, Preschool/Kindergarten - Intermediate, 00:04:01, Colman Communications, 1998
The Story of Cinco de Mayo.

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo
video, Intermediate - Junior High, 00:05:00, Sunburst Visual Media, 2003
Describes some of the celebrations that take place for Cinco de Mayo, as well as elaborates on the costumes and cultural decor that accompanies this holiday.

History of Cinco de Mayo
video, Intermediate - Junior High, 00:04:42, Sunburst Visual Media, 2003
Describes the origins of the Cinco de Mayo holiday as a celebration of freedom.

Cinco de Mayo Foods and Activities
video, Intermediate - Junior High, 00:01:54, Sunburst Visual Media, 2003
Describes some of the food and activities that you would find on Cinco de Mayo.

Cinco de Mayo Family Traditions
video, Preschool/Kindergarten - Intermediate, 00:03:44, Colman Communications, 1998
Learn about family gatherings and traditions in Mexico

The Meaning of Cinco de Mayo
video, Intermediate - Senior High, 00:03:16, A&E Television Networks, 2004
Today, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated all over Mexico and many parts of the United States, but few people know the history behind the celebration. They know that the day is a celebration of their heritage and a tribute to their ancestors, but they do not know that the day was set aside to celebrate an important military victory that happened over 150 years ago.