About Teen Central

What is Teen Central?

Teen Central is a space in the Library designed for junior high and high school age students in grades 6 through 12. Teen Central is an enclosed room on the Library’s second floor full of comfy, flexible seating, a wireless laptop computer lab, vending machines, a graffiti wall, and more! The Teen Central area also includes a collection of more than 8,000 Young Adult fiction, nonfiction, and audio books, as well as more than 2,500 manga. These collections are housed on the shelving immediately outside of Teen Central.

There are lots of things to do here—you can use our Internet computers, play games, draw on our graffiti wall, hang out with friends, and even do homework! With that said, after school Teen Central is not a quiet study area! If you require a quiet study area in the Library, please let a staff member know and we will find a space for you.

Here in Teen Central, we have staff available to help you find books, to lead programs just for you each and every week, to answer your questions, and to just generally help you out. Teen Central is supervised by a library staff member at all times and is open after school through the evening and on weekends. Teen Central is also open the same hours as the library when there are scheduled days off of school for the Council Bluffs Community School District and the Lewis Central Community Schools.

Meet Your Teen Central Staff

Anna Hartmann, Teen Services Manager

High School
United Township High School, East Moline, Illinois, Class of 1999
College & DegreeMillikin University, bachelor’s in Communication; Southern Illinois University, master’s in Mass Communication; and University of Illinois, master’s in Library and Information Science.
Favorite BookMy all-time in life favorite books are Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt and Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. My favorite book this year has been The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
Brush with FameI met President Barack Obama in 2005 when he was campaigning for the Illinois seat in the U.S. Senate. We have a photo together and he signed my T-shirt.

Shun-Sho Fong, Teen Services Library Assistant

High School
Lewis Central High School, Council Bluffs, IA
College & DegreeCreighton University, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art: Sculpture & Painting; Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Mass Communications
Favorite BookMy Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George. Currently tied for my favorite YA reads are Graceling by Kristin Cashore and Juggling Fire by Joanne Bell.
Brush with FameA few years ago one of my brothers ran for governor of Iowa. He didn’t make it, but I got an official shirt saying “Christian Fong for Governor.”

Nathan Mahlberg, Teen Services Library Assistant

High School
Underwood High School, Underwood, IA
College & DegreeNorthwest Missouri State University, Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
Favorite BookSlaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut and Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon. My favorite YA novel is probably Black Hole by Charles Burns.
Brush with FameI shook hands with Steven Drozd, the drummer of the Flaming Lips, after one of their shows. It was really sweaty.

Jamie Ruppert, Teen Services Library Assistant                                                                 

High School
Milbank High School Milbank, SD Class of 1990
College & DegreeAlexandria Technical College – Commerical Art/Graphic Design

University of Nebraska at Omaha
Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education / Library and Media Sciences/ Minor in Psychology
2013 – 2015 (expected)

Peru State College 2011, 2012, 2013 Completed classes toward Bachelor of Science (B.S.) prior to transfer to UNO., K-12 Education with Endorsement in Special Education
Favorite BookMy all-time in life favorite books are The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, A Wrinkle in by Madeleine L'Engle , and Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. My favorite book this year has been Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.
Brush with FameIn 2011 I got to drive Jewel Staite (Kaylee of Firefly) to her hotel after her appearance at Contagion Outbreak Con in Omaha. She and her husband were very friendly.

Boring but Important

We want everyone in Teen Central to have fun, but we also need you to be safe, courteous, and respectful. We ask that you please find a place to sit and settle if you are with a large group and that you use your “indoor voices” so that staff can hear overhead pages and answer the phone.

Because Teen Central is designed for teens, we do not allow younger siblings, cousins, neighbors, or anyone younger than 6th grade to come in and hang out in the room. If you are babysitting, we ask that you please take your charge to the Youth Department where there are various toys and activities appropriate for use by younger children. If you need to use a computer while you are babysitting, please talk to Teen Central staff and we will attempt to make arrangements for you elsewhere in the Library.

Adults who are not accompanied by a teen may enter Teen Central to ask questions, but may not linger or utilize the space. Additionally, adults not accompanied by a teen may not attend Teen Programs per the Library’s Youth Services Patron Use policy.

There are vending machines available in Teen Central for snacks and drinks. These machines are not owned or operated by the Library and staff members are not able to issue refunds. Snacks must remain inside Teen Central. Drinks are allowed anywhere in the Library, but must always have lids.

The Library’s Behavior Code is enforced in Teen Central. This means that in Teen Central (or anywhere in the Library) you should not bully, threaten, call names, use inappropriate language, climb on or over furniture, run, horseplay, etc.

Teens are allowed to use the library’s Internet computers for one hour a day and should use the computers located in Teen Central. If a teen requires use of an Internet computer in the Adult Computer lab, they must be accompanied by an adult.

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