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Media Library

Mississippi Bend AEA provides a wide variety of instructional tools and resources for teachers and students supporting high-quality teaching and learning.

Book of the Month Clubs

As a means of supporting classroom teachers to provide a print-rich environment, the MBAEA Media Center developed the “Book of the Month” program. Twenty-five nonfiction and fiction books are randomly selected and delivered for use in the classroom each month. This program is not available for in-home use.

For preschool book of the month, please fill out this Preschool Book Form.

For the K-6 book of the month, please fill out this K-6 Book Form.

Have questions? Contact Jim Tweed at 563-344-6225 or email

CogAT Testing Materials

Please contact Riverside Publishing to order answer sheets, manuals, scoring, and reporting materials. Phone:(800) 323-9540 or Fax: (630) 467-7192.

To order, please fill out this CogAT Request Form and a member of the media staff will be in contact with you.

For more information see our CogAT page.

Copyright Resources

Iowa’s Area Education Agencies have created an extensive, easy-to-use resource to help students and teachers understand copyright laws and the associated rights and responsibilities as users of copyrighted information.

Two versions of Copyright BriefNotes are available to support students and teachers in virtual and physical classrooms. You are welcome to link to your school website or LMS.

Professional Learning around copyright for Teachers

Digital Resources

AEA Digital Resources is a virtual library that provides no-cost access to 16 high-quality, web-based resources.

Contact us at for username/password information. Please provide your student’s home building information. 

Pear Deck logoPear Deck is a communication platform available to all district teachers to create interactive assessments and presentations that students follow from personal devices. It is used in conjunction with Google slides and PowerPoint and assists teachers with designing engaging learning experiences and embedding formative assessments. It integrates with existing tools including both Google or Microsoft applications. For further information see our Pear Deck page!

Media Catalog

Our Media Center is excited about our new Insignia Library System!

Insignia provides a modern interface, has enhanced searching abilities, includes a single sign-on option using Google, and coming soon for Microsoft users. Insignia also provides a customizable interface that includes links to the AEA databases.

Instructions on logging in for the first time

Instructions on how to book an item

Professional materials assist teachers in the research and implementation of content standards. The PreK-12 Collection provides a variety of print and non-print materials used by students.

To view specialty resources you may not be aware of, see this Resource Page!

We value your feedback! You may fill out this Media Request Form if you have a recommendation for purchase.

Media Contacts

Inquiries regarding: Contact:
General Questions Media Staff: Lacy Christner, Jen Loy, Nicole Ruby, Jim Tweed
Online Resources
Digital Citizenship
Heather Whitman, Focus Area Consultant
Video Editing Derek Casillas, Data Management Specialist

Media Mission

Iowa’s AEAs’ media core services align with Mississippi Bend’s mission to improve teaching and learning for all students through active partnerships and assertive leadership in a climate of mutual respect.

We cultivate partnerships as it affords us the opportunity to share our resources with a “just in time” model that supports teaching and learning. Through mutual relationships, the media department gathers feedback for future purchasing decisions and professional development opportunities.

By supplying updates on professional development, resources, and tools through our website, newsletters, email, and social media that support teaching and learning.

Our department strives to offer current, relevant, and vetted resources to support the inquiry process that enhances curricular and professional development needs. In order to keep pace with a constantly evolving technological landscape, our department promotes critical thinking, technology, and digital literacy skills to empower learners as well as provide expertise in identifying and utilizing appropriate and credible resources. We investigate and implement new and emerging technologies to find creative solutions to keep pace with needs and trends and adjust our physical facilities accordingly.

Our core services are structured to personalize the learning process for educators and students as they set and achieve goals.

Our department provides professional development centered around media resources to support social and emotional well-being and offers diverse literature encouraging personal connections.

Media Newsletter

Fill out this Newsletter Subscription Form and receive updates on new media items, digital resources, upcoming events and more!

Previous newsletters

Production Services

Production services are located in the media center and are available to the public by walk-in.

Equipment can be used free of charge; however, there are charges for consumable items, such as lamination and paper. Teachers are welcome to bring their own paper and spiral binders or purchase materials at the media center.  

Production Pricing

Please email or call at 563-344-6225 if you have any questions.

Professional Materials

Professional materials assist teachers in research and implementation of content standards. Check out items on our library system for professional titles. Access peer-reviewed journals, articles, and other professional content available through Gale. Reach out to for username and password support.

We value your feedback! You may fill out this Professional Title Request form if you have a recommendation for purchase.

STEM/STEAM Materials

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. These areas make up a large portion of the skills employers will be looking for as 21st-century students graduate and enter the work field. Help them succeed with these great resources!

Robotics and Interactives
Coding is a necessary skill for 21st Century students. Robotics is an excellent way to build students’ knowledge for the technical careers that will greet them when they graduate. Click here to view what we have available. 

Our portable planetarium offers hands-on, engaging learning experiences. The inflatable dome is specially designed to display projected lights and can easily accommodate 25. For more information see our Starlab Page

STEM Challenge
MBAEA provides a new monthly STEM challenge that is appropriate for all Prek-12 learners. Included in this challenge are ties to science and computer science, with an opportunity to work math and English language arts into the learning as well.

If you have questions regarding our STEM resources, please contact the Media Center at 563-344-6256 or email us at

Van Schedule

2021-2022 Van Delivery Schedule

The following Monday Holidays will be delivered the Friday before the holiday: Labor Day, Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day & Memorial Day

There will be no van delivery on the following days:
November 24 – 26, 2021
December 22 – 31, 2021
April 15 & 18, 2022

Weather make-up days will be considered on an individual basis.

If you have questions or concerns, please call Denise Zimmer at 563-344-6320.