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.
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.
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.
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 Magic FishMore Staff Picks +
“Real life isn’t a fairytale.” This is one of my favorite graphic novels I’ve read this year! It weaves different versions of familiar fairytales into the lives of a young boy and his mother as they tell their own stories, learning what it means to be a family with love and acceptance. Beautifully illustrated, The Magic Fish tackles complex emotions and tough subjects to show how stories bring us together.
City of GhostsMore Staff Picks +
This fast-paced story perfectly balances mystery, adventure, and horror. Highly recommended for fans of the paranormal.
SabrielMore Staff Picks +
Garth Nix creates an engrossing story of a young woman and her journey to find her missing father, the Abhorsen. Along the way she befriends a talking cat and uses powers of necromancy and magic to battle the Dead of the Old Kingdom, a place that no longer belongs to the living.
GlimpsedMore Staff Picks +
Such a cute and modern "glimpse" at the life of a teen fairy godmother! The characters are believable and heartwarming and the romance is slow but in a good way! The language and content is PG so it seemed appropriate for younger teens. A great story and a happy ending of course!
RoyalsMore Staff Picks +
I laughed so much while reading this book! The main character has such a realistic and funny personality! I wanted to meet all the characters in this book! The romance is slow-building and clean. The events that occur make the story so entertaining! I loved it!
Instant KarmaMore Staff Picks +
A really cute and fun book about good, bad, and the judgement of others. I really got into the characters and their personalities. A fun and feel good read.
June BoysMore Staff Picks +
Warning: This thriller will keep you up late and consume your thoughts. The Gemini Thief is a serial kidnapper who takes three boys and holds them captive from June 1st to June 30th of the following year. The June Boys endure thirteen months of being stolen, hidden, observed, and fed before they are released, physically unharmed, by their masked captor. When Thea's cousin goes missing, this high school senior enlists her friends' help to find him. The mystery leads her to a conclusion that is just too much to bear. Sometimes the truth is horrible and torturous before it sets you free.
Love & OlivesMore Staff Picks +
Once I started I couldn't stop! The author did a fantastic job of drawing me in and making me want to learn more about the stories setting (Greece)! I love when a book inspires you do dig deeper! The story is real, transformative, inspiring, and very entertaining! It led me to stay up way past my bedtime to see what happens! It is the 3rd book in her series but all 3 books are stand alone stories so you don't have to have read the others to enjoy this one!
The Inheritance GamesMore Staff Picks +
If you liked the movie Knives Out, you will like The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Barnes. Avery Grambs has a plan for a better future: survive high school, win a scholarship, and get out. When billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies and leaves Avery virtually his entire fortune her life changes in an instant. Avery doesn't know why she was selected to be the Hawthorne Heiress when four handsome grandsons should have inherited the fortune. It truly is too good to be true. But there is a catch! To receive her inheritance, Avery must move into the sprawling, secret passage-filled Hawthorne House for one year. Unfortunately for Avery, Hawthorne House, with all its secret passages, is also occupied by the family that Tobias Hawthorne disinherited. Avery must solve the last puzzle he devised, and stay alive in the process!
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).
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 email@example.com.