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. On days when CBCSD is closed for breaks, Teen Central will be open the same hours as the rest of the library.
While we are still in the “Grab and Go” status. Starting August 24th, 2020, teens may hang out in Teen Central. We ask that you still limit your time in the library . Computer time is limited to 45 minutes with a computer appointment. High touch items will not be available. Masks are required.
School Year (due to COVID) starting August 24th, 2020
Monday – Thursday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Friday – 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
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Research In Context
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InfoTrac Student Edition
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Bookish and the BeastMore Staff Picks +
A modern, adorable twist on the classic tale of beauty and the beast. I thoroughly enjoyed the way the characters interacted and how real they seemed. All of the little nerdy fandom references and quirks were awesome too! Cute little read in a series of re-told fairy tales by Ashley Poston (this book is #3).
PumpkinheadsMore Staff Picks +
Pumpkinheads is a fall-tastic graphic novel! Deja and Josiah are seasonal friends. They have worked together through their high school years at the best pumpkin patch ever! But this is their last season, last shift, last goodbye.
Sisters of Shadow and LightMore Staff Picks +
It took me a little bit to get into the story at first but then I was hooked. Beautifully written foray into the world of fantasy and magic with real-world elements that bring the characters to life.
A List of CagesMore Staff Picks +
This heart wrenching drama will have you on the edge of your seat, grabbing the tissues and sobbing with grief and relief. Adam discovers that the boy that the school counselor has asked him to track down is Julian -- the foster brother he hasn't seen in five years. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives.
“Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?”: A Psychologist Explains the Development of Racial IdentityMore Staff Picks +
This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand why we are still dealing with racism in America. Seeing the problems through the eyes of a psychologist takes away the arguing and lets you decide what to do about it.
Wild BirdMore Staff Picks +
An exhilarating story of survival and second chances! This book grabbed me by the wrist on page one! Riveting!
SmileMore Staff Picks +
Dental drama at its finest for a preteen girl! Smile is a memoir graphic novel that centers around Telgemeier's traumatic orthodontic experience, along with the struggles of puberty, friendships and fitting in at school. I also love how Raina illustrates and describes the scenes so well!
GutsMore Staff Picks +
Another great book by Raina Telemeier! This time Raina chronicles her battles with anxiety while growing up, including bouts of nausea and fear of potentially disagreeable foods! I love how she writes and draws her phobias and insecurities with a little humor.
Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them AllMore Staff Picks +
The unique narration from the point of view of a ghost watching Frankie in the Chicago Orphanage where she and her sister were left by their father temporarily leaves a haunting impression. Surviving the Great Depression with absolutely no control over their own lives, Frankie and her sister navigate teen years and the adult issues brought on early by poverty, war, and the new woman in their father's life. What will happen to Frankie? The ghost in her room is watching, eager to know and lend a hand as she is able.
ResistanceMore Staff Picks +
World War II historical fiction meets suspense in this page turner. Sixteen-year-old Chaya is a Jewish girl living in Poland in 1942. She looks more Polish than she does Jewish. That makes her a great courier who smuggles food and documents to the isolated Jewish ghettos in southern Poland. When a mission goes wrong she joins forces with someone she doesn't quite trust and finds herself on a journey to Warsaw. Now all they have to do is survive, for themselves, and for their people.
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 Transitioning to YA Reading List_2020 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.