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
Game On! Teen Central!
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tinker Lab: Seed Bombs
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tinker Lab: Seed Bombs
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rube Goldberg Machines
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Meeting Room B
Tinker Lab: Puppet Making Workshop
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.
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 that is at war. Earth's artificially intelligent beings are the new Earth army threatening the very existence of Planet 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.
Love and First SightMore Staff Picks +
I loved this book! It gave me new perspectives and a fresh look at the world. I loved the story line and the characters came to life in a realistic, no-nonsense way. The slow development of the sweet, innocent romance kept me reading into the wee hours!
Going BovineMore Staff Picks +
This may be the most unique road trip ever. After being diagnosed with Mad Cow Disease Cameron finds himself on a wild road trip, and last ditch effort to find a cure. As everything, including reality, falls down around him, Cameron must discover what it means to be alive and come to grips with what it means to die. With the help of his dwarf best friend, a talking garden gnome, and a punk-rock angel, this will be the adventure of a lifetime. One of my favorite books of all time, Going Bovine is a great read for teens and adults. The struggles that Cameron goes through, from relationship troubles to embracing his own mortality, this book will help you embrace the same.
ShortMore Staff Picks +
This was a super cute story and very relatable for me! Julia is boycotting the word "SHORT" because she hates that this is the only way people see her. Her two best friends are off at camps and vacations for the summer so she is left alone all summer. Her dog recently died, and this has made Julia even more sad. Her mom forces her to try out for the community play, The Wizard of Oz, with her brother. They both get cast as munchkins. When she goes to the first rehearsal, she sees real life "munchkin." Olive (who is less than 5 feet but also a grownup) becomes Julia's mentor. Julia follows her around constantly just trying to learn something new every day. This is a great story about the process of the theater and how fun but difficult it is. I really appreciated Julia's character in the fact that she definitely acted her age. She didn't know the answers to everything. She didn't save the world. She is just a hilariously frank little girl who is trying to find her place in the world (especially without her dog).
The Sun is Also a StarMore Staff Picks +
I just love the storyline and the way it is written makes it so easy to devour! I was a little worried about how the end was going to turn out, but it was tied up nicely.
The Shadow QueenMore Staff Picks +
People who love the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer will love this fractured fairytale of Snow White. Lorelai Diederich is the rightful heir to the throne, but her aunt Irina has used her magic to secure the crown for herself. Lorelai has lost everyone she has loved because of the queen - her mother, father, and recently her younger brother. She will do everything within her power to beat Queen Irina, but she must pray that her magic is stronger and and more powerful than Irina's. In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, Prince Kol's father, mother and older brother recently were killed by ogres. Prince Kol suddenly now must grow up and do what is best for his kingdom. He seeks Queen Irina's help with the ogres, but in return he must kill the princess. Prince Kol and Queen Irina conduct a blood oath to seal this deal. This book is very fast-paced and action packed. I will definitely be picking up the next book in the series!
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.