We created a place for you to come learn and have fun! Teen Central is a space on our second floor designed for students grades 6-12. This space dedicated to you is filled with comfy seating, wireless laptop computers, vending machines and it even has a graffiti wall! In addition to these awesome benefits, you will also have access to our thousands of young adult fiction, non-fiction and audio books. Use this page to explore upcoming events, look for book recommendations and even find volunteer opportunities. Have fun exploring!
Location & Hours
Teen Central is located at the Council Bluffs Library on the second floor.
Monday – Thursday 9am-9pm
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Game On! Teen Central!
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tinker Lab: Lava Pens
3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Tinker Lab: Lava Pens
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tinker Lab: Lava Pens
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Research In Context
Created specifically for middle-schoolers, Research In Context combines the best of reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more. Students will find outstanding support to complete assignments in core subjects including literature, science, social studies, and history. Search here.
A collection of multimedia encyclopedias and dictionaries for all ages. Includes thousands of images, videos, and links to reliable internet resources. Search here.
InfoTrac Student Edition
InfoTrac Student Edition provides high school students with access to magazines, newspapers, books, and other reference content. The database offers audience-appropriate information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports, and more. Search here.
The Replacement CrushMore Staff Picks +
This was a fun romance with lots of awesome star trek quotes and references. The characters were realistic (except for maybe how awesome Dallas is at everything) and well balanced. I laughed at the inner monologues and could feel the hurt when Vivian felt hurt. The romance scenes were not too vulgar and there was minimal swearing. Witty and endearing.
Frogkisser!More Staff Picks +
A delightful and fun fantasy romp. Fun infusions of classic fairy tales into an entertaining story.
Little BrotherMore Staff Picks +
Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother is a near-future young adult book that shows a where the increasingly pervasive surveillance state may lead. A perfect successor to 1984 for those too young to remember the Cold War, it explains the technology being used without ever talking down to the reader.
Once and For AllMore Staff Picks +
Louna is the 17-year-old daughter of famed wedding planner, Natalie Barrett. Her summer job is the family business, helping brides plan their perfect day. She plays her part in preparing brides for their happily ever after, even though she doesn't believe in it herself. However, when easy-going and women-charmer Ambrose is hired by Natalie to help out for the summer, Louna finds her world turned upside down.
Survivor’s Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of AuschwitzMore Staff Picks +
In 1945, four-year-old Michael Bornstein was filmed by Soviet soldiers as he was carried out of Auschwitz in his grandmother’s arms. For a very long time, Michael didn't talk about what happened to him during the war. One day, Michael discovered his image from the Soviet soldier's footage was being used by a website dedicated to claims that the Holocaust was a lie. Michael realized that, as a survivor, he could not remain silent. His story must be told. With the help of his daughter, Michael Bornstein tells the unforgettable story of how a father’s courage, a mother’s love, and one perfectly timed illness saved his life. Working from his own recollections as well as extensive interviews with relatives and survivors who knew the family, Michael's story depicts what happened to one Polish village in the wake of the Nazi invasion. It is shocking, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting.
Ghostly Echoes: A Jackaby NovelMore Staff Picks +
Sherlockian detective of the supernatural R.F. Jackaby and his intrepid assistant, Abigail Rook, search for their ghostly landlady Jenny Cavanaugh's murderer and fight their most fearsome foe yet in the third volume of this paranormal mystery series. Fantasy and folklore mix with mad science as Abigail and Jackaby attempt to solve a decade-old murder.
SaintsMore Staff Picks +
Set in China, 1898. Fourth Children in China had no place. Vibiana, an unwanted fourth child, finds her name and identity in Christianity. Facing death due to her newfound faith forces her to choose between her heritage and her faith. Should she keep silent about her convictions in the face of the opposition? Meeting Bao turns her world upside down. "Boxers" and companion book "Saints" tell the story of the Boxer Rebellion from both sides of the historic struggle in China.
Defy the StarsMore Staff Picks +
Noemi Vidal is a teen soldier from the planet, Genesis. Earth's artificially intelligent beings are the new Earth army threatening the very existence of Genesis. Noemi meets Abel, a sophisticated mech prototype she can command. Noemi and Able unite to battle Earth's Army. Noemi questions herself and Abel's "humanity."
The Hunger GamesMore Staff Picks +
This book is still popular for a good reason. It is action packed! In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love. I loved this book so much that I even named one of our pets after a character! The movie is great, too!
WindfallMore Staff Picks +
Alice buys a lottery ticket for her friend Teddy and their lives are changed forever.
For Parents & Teachers
Transitioning to Young Adult
As your child is transitioning from reading books in the Youth collection (birth through 6th grade) to reading books in the Young Adult Collection (grades 6-12), it can sometimes be difficult to decide where to begin. We encourage you to be involved in your child’s book selection, particularly as they move into new areas of the Library.
As you and your child start to browse the YA collection, please keep in mind that the books in this area are meant to appeal to a wide range of ages and interests. As a starting point, you may wish to look at Teen Central’s Transitioning to YA Reading List [pdf]. The books on this list were selected by the Teen Services Librarian as books that have appeal to the younger end of the YA spectrum and cover a range of topics and genres.
Please ask the staff at Teen Central if you need any help navigating the YA Collection.
Tours & Class Visits
Teen Central staff is available for class or group tours of the Library and/or Teen Central, or to visit classrooms and community groups throughout the Council Bluffs area and contracting communities. If you are interested in arranging a visit, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.