Teens

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.

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.

Questions?

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

SEPTEMBER CALENDAR

OCTOBER CALENDAR

Date/Time Event
Oct 01 - Oct 30
Community Ofrenda
All Day
Council Bluffs Public Library

0
Oct 08
Raices de Mexico
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Council Bluffs Public Library

0
Oct 13
Silhouette Cameo ~ Paper Crafting Drop-In
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Tech Lab

0
Oct 17
Halloween Green Screen Photos
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Tech Lab

0
Oct 20
Halloween Green Screen Photos
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Tech Lab

0
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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!

LearningExpress Library Complete
Prepare for a standardized test, explore colleges and careers, or improve your academic skills.  LearningExpress Library Complete offers targeted learning centers — each with a collection of practice tests, tutorials, e-books, articles and flashcards — to help you achieve your goals.

Brainfuse HelpNow
Brainfuse HelpNow is an all-in-one suite of tutoring services designed for a wide range of academic needs whether it’s tackling a tough homework problem, mastering a particular topic, or writing a paper. HelpNow services include expert academic tutoring and self-study tools to empower users to study at their own pace or collaborate with peers and teachers. Students access live, on-demand academic help and state-aligned skills building lessons from expert tutors.  Tutors are available daily from 2:00 PM – 11:00 PM

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.

Mango Languages

Language learning available anytime, anywhere! Choose from over 70 languages and dialects with Mango Languages and begin your language-learning adventure! Each course can even be learned offline or hands-free using the Mango Languages App. The Mango Languages App is supported on Android and Apple devices.

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.