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
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.
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.
Passenger (Passenger, #1)More Staff Picks +
Etta Spencer is about to walk onto the stage for a performance of a lifetime. Her whole life has led up to this moment. When she is pushed through a strange glimmering doorway, her lifetime of practice and status as a musical prodigy is left behind. Her life intersects with a young man who is off limits to her in his time. The secrets he harbors threaten to create more barriers to the future only Etta dares to hope for. Fans of time travel will adore the tale that is capable of sucking the reader into another series. Full of questions without answers, inter-racial relationships, love and mystery tug at the heart and intellect.
The Impossible Knife of MemoryMore Staff Picks +
Hayley Kincain is just your average 17-year-old girl...if average means losing your mother at birth, growing up without your dad who's always deployed, being raised by your grandmother who also dies when you're young and having your step-mom walk out. Hayley manages all of it as she travels in her dad's long-haul rig after he separates from the military. That is until they settle in one place so Hayley can go to school. That's when the PTSD monster catches up with them and threatens to erase the daddy she remembers. Buckle up for a heart-wrenching ride through the kind of normal that affects over eight million people in the U.S. alone.
The Book of PearlMore Staff Picks +
I really enjoyed unraveling this story! The author took multiple perspectives, time periods, and details and weaved them together beautifully! The fantasy and adventure was awesome and I love how the author kept the story on the edge between reality and fantasy in order to make the book more real.
ThunderheadMore Staff Picks +
The Thunderhead cannot interfere in the affairs of the Scythedom. All it can do is observe—it does not like what it sees. A year has passed since Rowan had gone off grid. Since then, he has become an urban legend, a vigilante snuffing out corrupt scythes in a trial by fire. His story is told in whispers across the continent. As Scythe Anastasia, Citra gleans with compassion and openly challenges the ideals of the “new order.” But when her life is threatened and her methods questioned, it becomes clear that not everyone is open to the change. Will the Thunderhead intervene? Or will it simply watch as this perfect world begins to unravel?
ScytheMore Staff Picks +
A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control. Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.
EverlessMore Staff Picks +
In the land of Sempera time is money, literally. In this unique YA fantasy we find ourselves in a world where blood and time are turned into coin, and where the rich tax the poor to death while extending their lives by centuries. When Jules finds herself once again serving one of Sempera's richest families she ends up deeper involved in their world of secrets and lies then she had ever dreamed, or wanted. This is a must read for any fans of Victoria Aveyard or Marissa Meyer.
The ListMore Staff Picks +
In the post-apocalyptic town of Ark, survivors of the floods have decided that language is the reason mankind has ruined the earth. Surviving mankind can only be trusted with 500 words according to their occupation. Letta becomes the wordsmith and keeps records of all of the old words and old language in the event that mankind can once again be trusted with freedom of speech. Only Letta knows about words like music, freedom, and hope, that is until she meets the outsiders in Tin Town. Those unfortunate souls who didn't make it into Ark are scavengers who can't possibly have a life worth living. What could they teach Letta? Letta uncovers the dark intentions of the elite leader of Ark and must act or risk losing what little the people have of their humanity.
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 Teen Central’s Transitioning to YA Reading List [pdf]. 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.