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 & Wednesday 1pm-8pm
Tuesday & 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.
In 27 DaysMore Staff Picks +
Hadley Jamison is shocked when she hears that her classmate, Archer Morales, has committed suicide. She didn’t know the quiet, reserved guy very well, but that doesn’t stop her from feeling there was something she could have done to help him. Hoping to find some sense of closure, Hadley attends Archer’s funeral. There, Hadley is approached by a man who calls himself Death and offers her a deal. If Hadley accepts, she will be sent back 27 days in time to prevent Archer from killing himself. But when Hadley agrees to Death’s terms and goes back to right the past, she quickly learns her mission is harder than she ever could have known. Hadley soon discovers Archer’s reasons for being alone, and Archer realizes that having someone to confide in isn’t as bad as he’d always thought. But when a series of dangerous accidents starts pushing them apart, Hadley must decide whether she is ready to risk everything—including her life—to keep Archer safe.
NemesisMore Staff Picks +
It's been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown—alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased. But the planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for a troubled teen. Yet, on her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers in her bedroom, hoping not to die for the fifth time, Min has had enough. She vows to discover what is happening in Fire Lake and uncovers a lifetime of lies: a vast conspiracy involving the sixty-four students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders.
UprootedMore Staff Picks +
Agnieszka lives in a small village along the malevolent Wood. In order to stay safe, the people of her village must rely on the Dragon, a cold wizard with a demanding price. Once every ten years the Dragon comes and chooses a girl from the village, and Agnieszka just might be that choice. With a strong female protagonist "Uprooted" is the book for every fantasy lover who likes a bit of fairy-tale in their novels. One of my favorite books of all time "Uprooted" is timeless.
The Unbecoming of Mara DyerMore Staff Picks +
Left with no memories and completely unharmed after being in an accident that killed her friends, Mara Dyer's life is falling apart. With a description that is intentionally vague, this mystery wrapped in a romance novel will have you hooked from the very beginning.
Strange the DreamerMore Staff Picks +
Lazlo Strange, the orphan of a war grew up to be a junior librarian. His obsession with the lost city of Weep started when he was only five years old. He dreams of a blue skinned goddess. Could she be real? What are the so called gods anyway? Could his dreams of Weep lead him to discover his destiny?
Every Falling StarMore Staff Picks +
Sungju is a twelve year old boy who is left to fend for himself on the streets of modern day North Korea. Rarely is a first hand account of life in North Korea allowed to be told. Hang in there through the middle. The temptation is to give up in some slower moving parts. The whole story is worth your time. This read will provide the reader with a new perspective that may lead to a greater understanding of others.
The UnlikeliesMore Staff Picks +
This rich and thought-provoking novel takes on timely issues and timeless experiences with a winning combination of romance, humor, and wisdom. This unlikely story is likely to be a hit!
Everything, EverythingMore Staff Picks +
Everything, Everything is about the thrill and heartbreak that happens when we break out of our shell to do crazy, sometimes death-defying things for love.
Jughead Vol. 1More Staff Picks +
If you're a fan of CW's Riverdale or just a fan of all things Archie, you should definitely check out Chip Zdarsky's Jughead. Filled with all things Jones this modern uptake on the classic characters will fulfill both old fans and new.
The Unbeatable Squirrel GirlMore Staff Picks +
Squirrel Girl is a fun and fresh alternative to all of those serious and gritty superhero books. Squirrel Girl is likable, confident, and optimistic - A relatable hero for all ages. Of course she has all of the super-powers of a squirrel, but she is just as likely to solve problems using her wit and charm as she is her super-strength or her army of loyal squirrels.
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 email@example.com.