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 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 9:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.
Oct 01 - Oct 30
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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?
A Shot at NormalMore Staff Picks +
I liked this story because it made me question a lot about my choices as a teen and as the mother of a soon-to-be teen. I love that there was a meaty story about life as well as a fun story about romance. The author did a good job of merging the two together to create a realistic fictional read.
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!
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.