Library & Digital Resources

Welcome to the Heartland AEA library e-newsletter!

November 4, 2020

Knocking on doors is the theme for this issue. There are lots of resources to share with teachers.

  • DVD, Books/Cassette Kits, and Leap Frog Give-away
  • Publisher Read-Alouds Extended to March 31, 2021
  • Book Rotation
  • Ebooks Added in October
  • New Collection: Picture Books with Built-In Audio
  • U.S. History--Primary Source Posters

Welcome to our first digital give-away!

Heartland AEA usually has a used materials give-away each summer. Well, that plan changed this year! That’s OK because it gave us the opportunity to think about the give-away in a different way.

There are about 2,800 DVDs, books/cassette kits, or Leap Frog titles that have been weeded from the collection (mainly duplicate copies).

  • Go to this special Medianet site and log in as you usually do with the “regular” Medianet.
  • Materials are yours to keep and will be sent on the Heartland AEA van.

Below are a few screens with instructions in red.

Some Publishers Extend Read-Alouds to March 31, 2021

School Library Journal has been tracking publishers' copyright permissions during the pandemic. Some publishers announced an extension to their storytime permissions program. Read about the updates.

Book Rotation is Available

You are welcome to send this reminder to preK-8 teachers. The book rotation program is up and running! About 25 fiction/nonfiction books are sent every six weeks. Books are quarantined for seven days before they are sent to the school. Click here to sign up.

Ebooks Added in October

Thanks to teacher recommendations, we added another 190 ebooks in October. Here is an annotated list of ebooks and audiobooks that you are welcome to share with teachers. Access through and

Click here to go to the spreadsheet of Tales2Go audiobooks.

New Collection: Picture Books and Built-in Audio

We started a new collection of picture books with built-in audio players. You may have seen Wonderbooks and Vox in some advertisements. We're starting with a small collection to see how the books hold up and to see if they meet the needs of your students. They are circulated in thematic kits of about five different titles each. A USB charger is included. Earbuds are not included. You can reserve them online at Give them a try and let us know what you think!

  1. Adventure 1 audio picture book read-along set. (DB0012)

  2. Adventure 2 audio picture book read-along set. (DB0013)

  3. Be yourself 1 audio picture book read-along set. (DB0005)

  4. Be yourself 2 audio picture book read-along set. (DB0006)

  5. Be yourself 3 audio picture book read-along set. (DB0007)

  6. Be yourself 4 audio picture book read-along set. (DB0008)

  7. Be yourself 5 audio picture book read-along set. (DB0009)

  8. Family 1 audio picture book read-along set. (DB0010)

  9. Family 2 audio picture book read-along set. (DB0011)

  10. Friends 1 audio picture book read-along set. (DB0014)

  11. Friends 2 audio picture book read-along set. (DB0015)

  12. Friends 3 audio picture book read-along set. (DB0016)

  13. Science 1 audio picture book read-along set. (DB0001)

  14. Science 2 audio picture book read-along set. (DB0002)

  15. Science 3 audio picture book read-along set. (DB0003)

  16. Science 4 audio picture book read-along set. (DB0004)

  17. Variety 1 audio picture book read-along set. (DB0017)

U.S. History: Primary Source Posters

You can order 50+ posters provided by the Library of Congress. Primary sources are the raw materials of history — original documents and objects that were created at the time under study. They are different from secondary sources, accounts that retell, analyze, or interpret events, usually at a distance of time or place. In addition to the posters, you'll find teaching guides.

Go to and log in with single sign-on (username/password used in AEA Learning Online for mandatory reporter and bloodborne pathogens.) Enter primary source in the search box to see all resources. In addition to the printed poster versions, we just added the option of downloading a PDF so you can share the primary source virtually with your class.

Learn more about how to teach with primary sources.


  • Abolitionist Movement and John Brown
  • African Americans and the Civil War
  • African-American Suffrage
  • Agriculture in a Global World
  • American Indian Removal and Relocation
  • American Indians and Westward Expansion
  • American-Indian Suffrage
  • Buxton: A Lost Utopia
  • Caucuses and Elections
  • Children's Lives: Comparing Long Ago to Today
  • Civil Rights: Before, During, and after the World Wars
  • Cold War
  • Dust Bowl
  • Environmental Impact
  • Great Depression and Herbert Hoover
  • Great Depression and the Dust Bowl
  • Holocaust and America's Response to Other Genocides
  • How States Get Their Shapes
  • Immigration to Iowa
  • Immigration: Regulation, Response, and Attitudes in America
  • Innovation in Agriculture
  • Innovation in Transportation
  • Iowa Weather and Its Impact
  • Iowa: Leader in Civil Rights and Equality
  • Iowa's Connection to the World
  • Korean War
  • New Deal
  • Railroads in Iowa
  • Reconstruction
  • Refugees in America
  • School Desegregation
  • Schools: Comparing Long Ago, Today and Other Cultures
  • Underground Railroad
  • World War I: America's Involvement
  • World War I: Evaluating America's Role
  • World War II: America's Motivation and Impact

Previous Issues

Click here for the index to earlier issues from April 2019 to October 2020.