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Current Opportunities

Current Opportunities


April 2017 Volunteer Opportunities

  • Big Read: Kick-Off Event

  • Snap Circuits Program

  • Big Read- Butterflies story time with craft

  • Teen Job Fair


Big Read: In the Time of the Butterflies Kick-Off Event

Saturday, April 8, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. (8 volunteers)- Central Library

Ready, Set, Read! Help us kick-off the MKE Big Read and celebrate In the Time of the

Butterflies. The kickoff will include readings from the book, Caribbean dances and craft

activities. Community partners, Milwaukee Public Museum and Walker’s Point Center for

the Arts will help you explore butterflies by getting up close and personal with MPM’s

mounted specimens and crafting your own butterfly to take home. Join us and receive

free admission to MPM’s newest special exhibit Global Kitchen! (while supplies last)

Volunteer duties:

  • Craft for kids-butterfly craft
  • Book giveaways
  • Dance performance: merengue and bachata
  • Butterflies from the Caribbean: Milwaukee Public Museum mini butterfly-exhibit
  • Readings from In the Time of the Butterflies, and other works by Alvarez (local authors/poets/community members)


Snap Circuits program- STEM-based programs using MKE mixers kits

Tuesday, April 11, 3:30-6:30 p.m.- Washington Park Library

Volunteer duties:

  • Help with program setup and tear down

  • Assist with stations


Teen Job Fair-Martin Luther King Library

Wednesday, April 12, 1-3 p.m.

Volunteers are needed to support two upcoming teen job fairs at the Milwaukee Public Library. They will support several different stations:

  • Welcome/Registration: Welcome teens to the event, share an informational packet and give a quick orientation. (3 volunteers)
  • Application: Assist teens in filling out employment application. (6 volunteers)
  • Resume: Assist teens in creating resumes. Templates/formats will be provided for teens. (4 volunteers)
  • Employer support: Work with librarians to ensure that employers have everything they need, make extra copies of applications, help with traffic flow, etc. (2 volunteers)
  • Thank You/Survey: Take event surveys from teens as they are leaving the event. Invite teens to write thank you notes to the employers using stationary provided. (1 volunteer)


Big Read-Butterflies story time with craft

Monday, April 17, 6-7 p.m.- East Branch

Volunteer duties:

  • Help with program setup and tear down


Ongoing Opportunities

Bookseller Volunteer - Job Description

Teacher in the Library program (see attached job description)
(Opportunity is open for 2017 at Forest Home Library)

The Milwaukee Public Library is seeking volunteers to support to our popular Teacher in the Library program. Volunteers will work alongside the Teacher in the Library to provide after school homework help and academic support to students in grades 1-8. Volunteer must be a minimum of 16 years of age to participate. Bilingual in Spanish is preferred. 

Current openings are at the following locations:
Forest Home

Hours Needed: Teacher in the Library will resume the first week in January 2017 and close the second week of June 2017. 

Minimum commitment: 1-2 days a week/2-3 hours each day
Teacher in the Library is offered:
Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday: 3:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday: 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Computer/Print Assistant, Zablocki Library- 3501 W. Oklahoma Ave.
Hours: Monday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
Looking for volunteer(s) to assist with computer related issues (mainly printing) for a 4 hour period Mondays through Fridays. [online application]

Playgroup with Stories- Tippecanoe Library

Every Friday, 10 a.m.- 12 p.m., (program time 10:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.)

A 20-minute story time for children and their parents or guardian is followed by open play time with a variety of age-appropriate, educational toys.  Story time includes plenty of finger plays, songs or other participatory activities that help children learn important literacy skills.Every Friday for children ages 1 to 4 with a parent or guardian.

Every Monday, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., (program time 6-7 p.m.)

Volunteer needs: 1-2 individuals (teen or adult)

Duties: Inform patrons of the program, track attendance, and assist with Summer Reading Program sign ups before and after the program. 

BYOD @Tippecanoe Library [online application]
Are you curious about what the library offers online, but want somebody to help you get started? Bring your tablet, Kindle, Nook, etc. and your library card to the library and we’ll help you set up a library account on your device to download FREE books, music and magazines. We guarantee you'll find something to enjoy from home in our library databases.

The newly renovated Tippecanoe Library will begin a BYOD series starting, Tuesday, February 16. If you enjoy helping others and are tech savvy, this is the volunteer opportunity for you.

Each week you will assist patrons with a variety of eReaders and devices. Help patrons to learn the ins and outs of today’s eBook technology. Work alongside a Tippecanoe staff member  to explain the free programs offered through the Milwaukee Public Library system.

Docent Volunteer- Job Description

Milwaukee Road Collection  [online application]- Opportunity Closed
If you are looking for an ongoing opportunity that is located at the Central Library, I have the perfect volunteer opportunity for you. We are looking for four individuals with an interest in railroads, architecture, engineering and/or graphic design to assist with the Milwaukee Road Collection. 

Central Library World War I project [online application]

Central Library Historic Poster Collection [online application]