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.
Monday 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday – Thursday 2:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday 2:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.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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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!
Academic Search Premier contains peer-reviewed full-text journals and other valuable resources. With content covering a multitude of academic disciplines, Academic Search Premier is both authoritative and comprehensive.
To access Academic Search Premier outside the library, click HERE.
Britannica Library has multi-media encyclopedias and dictionaries for all ages. Includes thousands of images, videos, and links to reliable internet resources.
MasterFile Premier provides full-text magazines, reference books and primary source documents covering a wide variety of general interest topics and disciplines. It also includes an extensive image collection containing photos, maps and flags.
To access MasterFile Premier outside the library, click HERE.
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!
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Love & Other Great ExpectationsMore Staff Picks +
A super cute foray into the world of teenagers and British Literature. The adventure, the feels, the stories...this book has a great balance of all 3 and the characters are well-rounded and realistic.
This Book is GayMore Staff Picks +
Many people who belong to the LGBTQ+ Community continue to have little to no education on the expectations, roles, and dangers they could face in life. The author addresses the lack of education by writing a book that provides people of the LGBTQ+ Community with an educational instruction manual to assist the members of the community in being themselves safely.
Speak: The Graphic NovelMore Staff Picks +
For fans of Laurie Halse Anderson's novel Speak, comes the graphic novel version. The main character is Melinda, throughout the story she uses art as a means of solace for her pain. Reading the story through another artist's interpretation helped me relate to the character's struggle even more and the impact of watching the scenes unfold made metaphors I didn't pick up in the novel version stick out even more.
What If It’s UsMore Staff Picks +
Arthur & Ben have two varying opinions of the universe. When they cross paths at the post office, neither can get the other out of the other's mind. Arthur is moved to action by posting a flyer describing Ben. Will the universe bring them together again or was it simply a passing in the void?
The Last CuentistaMore Staff Picks +
Earth is going to be destroyed by an asteroid and only a select few of the population are chosen to preserve the cultures of the world by establishing colonies on a Goldilocks planet. The collective takes over in the pursuit of eliminating what they believe is the greatest issue with humanity...its culture. However, Petra is descendent of storytellers and she will not be silenced.
All of us villainsMore Staff Picks +
Every generation, seven families select a champion to compete in a tournament to the death for control of high magick, but this year is different. For fans of the Hunger Games, through rotating third-person narration, this morally gray story of ambition and survival adds drama through unexpected attractions and shifting alliances!
Better Than the MoviesMore Staff Picks +
Cute story, fun characters, and hysterical banter make this book a quick and delightful read. I love enemies to friends to more trope and this book delivers in a way that is thoroughly entertaining and fun. The fact that it is set in Omaha, NE with an author from our neighbor city makes it even better!
The Ballad of Songbirds and SnakesMore Staff Picks +
If you liked The Hunger Games series, you'll be excited to enter the world of Panem again. Only this time, it's 64 years before Katniss volunteered as a tribute. Enter the infamous Coriolanus Snow's life, the morning of the reaping that will kick off the 10th annual Hunger Games. The odds are against him as he's a first-time mentor of a female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favor or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, he starts to feel for his doomed tribute and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes.
LegendbornMore Staff Picks +
After her mother's death, Bree enters an Early College program, despite still processing her grief. It's not long before she's pulled into a secret society, and is pushed by circumstance into dangerous tournaments. For fans of City of Bones and the Raven Boys, Legendborn puts a modern spin on Arthurian myth while exploring themes of power and heroism, challenging expectations, and racial prejudice. The cover art is gorgeous, and with that surprise ending, I cannot wait for the next book!
LoreMore Staff Picks +
If you like mythology, strong female leads, and action, Lore is the book for you! Every seven years, there's a hunt called the Agon. The Agon offers mortal descendants of gods the opportunity to claim their divinity by killing any of nine immortals, who are made mortal for one night. Lore Perseous has avoided the Agon for years and turned her back on her Greek heritage after a rival killed her family to gain divine powers and immortality. But, as the next hunt dawns over present-day NYC, she's confronted with a difficult decision when she stumbles across a long-lost childhood friend and one of the last of the original gods, who is gravely wounded. Will she keep running from her past, or will she rejoin the hunt?
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.