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 – 1pm-8pm
Tuesday through Thursday – 2:30pm – 8pm
Friday – 2:30pm – 5pm
Saturday 9am – 5pm
Sunday 1pm – 5pm
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.
Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them AllMore Staff Picks +
The unique narration from the point of view of a ghost watching Frankie in the Chicago Orphanage where she and her sister were left by their father temporarily leaves a haunting impression. Surviving the Great Depression with absolutely no control over their own lives, Frankie and her sister navigate teen years and the adult issues brought on early by poverty, war, and the new woman in their father's life. What will happen to Frankie? The ghost in her room is watching, eager to know and lend a hand as she is able.
ResistanceMore Staff Picks +
World War II historical fiction meets suspense in this page turner. Sixteen-year-old Chaya is a Jewish girl living in Poland in 1942. She looks more Polish than she does Jewish. That makes her a great courier who smuggles food and documents to the isolated Jewish ghettos in southern Poland. When a mission goes wrong she joins forces with someone she doesn't quite trust and finds herself on a journey to Warsaw. Now all they have to do is survive, for themselves, and for their people.
The Complete Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck. Volume OneMore Staff Picks +
Discover the hidden origins of the world's favorite miserly duck! Follow along as a young Scrooge searches the wilds of America in an attempt to strike it rich, and in the process runs into a few well known characters eager to help. The beautifully rendered art of Don Rosa will suck you right into this cartoon epic of unbridled ambition and unchecked greed.
BullMore Staff Picks +
A novel in verse, this twist on the myth of Theseus and Minotaur is a must read for not only fans of Greek myths but also fans of Hamilton and Hadestown. Elliott does a fantastic job of giving each character their own voice through the use of various types of prose. This hilarious, quick, read is a must for anyone interested in creative retellings.
On the Come UpMore Staff Picks +
Thomas writes with the authentic voice of urban youth through Bri. This sixteen-year-old with big dreams of being a hip hop star just wants to help her family. Getting credit for her own talent seems impossible as she lives in the shadow of her deceased father, a rap legend. Empty cupboards, unemployment, and racism are hurdles that sixteen-year-olds should never have to face. When she channels her frustrations into her music, the effect propels her into a spotlight she isn't ready to deal with.
Sally’s Candy Addiction: Tasty Truffles, Fudges & Treats for Your Sweet-Tooth FixMore Staff Picks +
Generally speaking, I don't require a reason to indulge a craving for a sweet treat; I just require consciousness. If you are more disciplined than I, take heart! With National Candy Month coming up in June, now is the perfect moment to justify the joys of chocolate, caramel, peanut butter, and heated sugars of infinite variety! Sally McKenney, baking genius and creator of the Sally's Baking Addiction blog, offers up recipes that will satiate even the deepest desires for dental disaster. So grab your thermometer, your measuring cups, and your elastic-waistbanded pants! It's CANDY time!
GeekerellaMore Staff Picks +
A modern twist on the Cinderella story, this book kept me entertained the whole way through! Such a good story! The characters come to life and I felt like I was right there with them!
SadieMore Staff Picks +
One dead girl, one older sister with a heart saddled up for revenge, and the podcast journalist tasked with solving the mystery take you on an audiobook ride that will keep you sitting in your car just so you can hear the next part. This story is told in the format of a podcast. Sadie is heart wrenching, riveting, and deeply important. Read it for all of the Sadie's who go unnoticed all around us.
There You’ll Find MeMore Staff Picks +
A wonderful book about a girl who travels to Ireland to follow in the footsteps of her older brother who was killed in a terrorist bombing. The reader comes alongside Finley as she struggles with grief, her belief in God, navigates friendships, romance, bullies, and eating disorders. I got sucked into the story quickly and laughed, cried, got angry, and felt frustrated right along with the characters!
A Night DividedMore Staff Picks +
My fifth grader has been begging me to read this depiction of a family separated overnight by the construction of the Berlin Wall. Told from the view point of the youngest daughter, 12 year old Gerta, she takes us to a place in history where your own ideas and criticism of your government is a risky life or death venture. Gripping until the end, this is on my must read list for any upper elementary and older to appreciate their own intellectual freedoms and learn about a not too distant event in world history.
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_2019 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.