Welcome teens,

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.

Teens may hang out in Teen Central with a mask. Computer time is limited to 90 minutes. In Person Programming is on hold for the moment. TinkerZone To Go kits are available in front of Teen Central for patrons in grades 6 through 12 while supplies last. Masks are required.

School Year

Monday 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday – Thursday 2:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 9:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.


Teen Central is always supervised by a library staff member. If you need anything, just ask! We are here to help you. Need help now? Contact our Teen Services Director Jamie Ruppert at 712-323-7553 ext. 5422 or by using the form below.

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Teen Events



Date/Time Event
Jun 07 - Jul 30
Summer Lunch Meal Site!
11:00 am - 11:30 am

Jun 14 - Jun 18
Summer Lunch Meal Site!
11:00 am - 11:30 am

Jun 17
Game On at Teen Central
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Teen Central

Jun 19 - Jun 20
Tinker Zone: Color Exploding Box
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Teen Central

Jun 21 - Jun 25
Summer Lunch Meal Site!
11:00 am - 11:30 am

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Book Match

Are you stuck? Don’t know what to read next? Ask the experts–your Teen Central Staff! Fill out this short survey and we’ll give you a list of personal recommendations for Young Adult books we think you’ll love!

Fine Forgiveness

If your fines are over $25 and you just don’t know what to do, stop by Teen Central and ask about the Second Chance program. If you are between grades 6 and 12, we’ll wipe the fines off your card ONE TIME—no questions asked!

Opposing Viewpoints

Online resource covering today’s hottest social issues, from capital punishment to immigration to marijuana. This cross-curricular research database supports science, social studies, current events, and language arts classes. Informed, differing views help learners develop critical-thinking skills and draw their own conclusions.Search here.

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.

Britannica Online

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.

BRAINFUSE is the place for all of your Job Prep and College Prep needs. Look for the link to LEAP to take practice tests and get guidance for the ACT, SAT and other college preparatory tests.Brainfuse Learning Library

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 teen@councilbluffslibrary.org.