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:

Gideon's Dream: A Tale of New Beginnings (437845)
F/DYC5; Dychtwald, Ken; K-12 books, P, 2008; 978-0-06-14349
Gideon, a caterpillar grub, is transformed when the leaf which he is painting falls from the tree, giving him a sensation of flying, and suddenly all he can think, talk, or dream about is flight.

A New Era at the Beginning of the Century
video, Intermediate - Senior High, 00:04:40, TMW, 2000
The 20th century saw the beginnings of new technology, such as, wiretapping. W.E.B. DuBois was instrumental in establishing the NAACP.

Andes: New Voyage of Discovery Begins
video, Intermediate - Senior High, 00:05:11, National Geographic, 2001
Time has stood still for centuries, but things are about to change in the Andes. Scientists are heading to the Carabaya, an isolated region on the eastern slopes of the Andes in Peru to unlock its secrets before modernity changes this land forever.

Better Beginning: Supporting and Mentoring New Teachers (Q97839)
371.1/SCH; Scherer, Marge, ed; Professional book, A, 244 pg, 1999
Document how schools and educators are responding to the needs of new teachers. Presented in anthology form and divided into six sections that reflect the trends in the profession to examine the needs of new teachers: induction programs, improved mentoring, comprehensive reforme, strong communication and instructional competencies, and more attention to fellow practioners.

America's Beginning
video, Intermediate - Senior High, 00:45:08, TMW, 2000
You will learn how "Indians" were so named, and how low the purchase price of Manhattan Island was. Along with that, socialism, not democracy, was the first form of government chosen by the pilgrims.

Beginnings (072330)
Videocassette, SA, 30 min, Ambrose Video, 1987
Looks at the entrepreneurs' world and what excites them to envision a new product or service.

Life at the Beginning of the 20th Century
video, Preschool/Kindergarten - Senior High, 00:31:27, Distribution Access Inc, 2004
Describes the daily life of middle class people in the twentieth century, presents an interview of a man that was a young child in the early 1900's and explores the social norms, fashion, food, and entertainment of the period.

The Age of Exploration Begins (421249)
Videocassette, IJ, 15 min, Sound-Color, SVE & CHURCHILL MEDIA, 1999
Provides a historical introduction to the time and illustrates how people lived in the year 1400. Explains how new inventions influenced exploration, how Europe traded with Asia, and how constraints on that trade prompted the Age of Exploration.

Jamestown: The Beginning (073295)
Videocassette, IJS, 17 min, New Dimension/Questar, 1992
A historical overview of America's first permanent English settlement. Includes Jamestown's origins and first 25 years of its existence. A dramatic reenactment told from the viewpoint of one of the settlers who managed to survive the first decades of settlement.

Wherever Home Begins (023868)
811.54/JAN; JANECZKO, PAUL; K-12 books, IJS, 128 pg, ORCHARD BOOKS, 1995
This book is its most powerful if read as a sequence. It will inspire you to look at your home turf, or your travels, with new eyes: remembering eyes, appreciating eyes, even poetry-writing eyes.

Adam Begins to Build a Barn
video, Preschool/Kindergarten - Senior High, 00:10:28, Monterey Media, 1987
Farmer Adam Penn begins to build a barn in the place he once promised his wife ('Mother') he would build a new house, dramatization of the short story 'The Revolt of Mother' by Mary Wilkins Freeman. See how Mother at first submits to this decision and explains to her daughter how women need to accept their husband's actions as they accept Providence.

Beginning Songwriter's Answer Book Rev (020342)
782.42/ZOL; ZOLLO, PAUL; K-12 books, IJS, 122 pg, WRITER, 1993
Contains an abundance of opinions on songwriting for new songs.