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Current Opportunities

Current Opportunities

Spring Volunteer Opportunities

Friday, April 8th  [online application]
Family Literacy Night-Reading Under the Stars with St. Adalbert School

Time: 5pm-7pm
Location: St. Adalbert School, 1913 W. Becher St. Milwaukee, WI 53215

Two volunteers are needed to host a resource table
Bilingual volunteers are preferred but not required
Looking for energetic and friendly volunteers to speak with parents and children about library resources
Hand out library materials to families
You will be joined by other Library staff members

Saturday, April 16th [online application]
Central Library: Family Play Date-Herzfeld Children’s Room

Time: 10am-12pm
Location: 814 W. Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53233

Looking for 5 volunteers to assist with fun stations for children and families
Individuals should enjoy working with kids and don’t mind getting a little messy
Individuals should be energetic, flexible and open minded

Tuesday, April 19th [online application]
Teen Job Fair-Forest Home Library

Location: 1432 W. Forest  Home Ave.
Time: 4:30pm-7pm

Looking for 4-5 individuals, teens and adults to support the vendors, i.e. pass out water and report questions or concerns
Direct people to the mock interview lab and online application letter
Answer questions re: the applications

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.


Teacher in the Library program (see attached job description

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.

Current openings are at the following locations:
Bay View, Capitol, Forest Home

Hours Needed: Teacher in the Library will run through the first week of June 2016 and resume in September 2016.

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
Thursday: 3:30-5:30


Ongoing Opportunities

As you may know, Summer Reading is a big part of the Milwaukee Public Library and our goal is to reach more children each year. As part of this goal, we hire contract employees to assist with our Summer Reading Program needs.This year we would like to get our volunteers involved by helping with the early stages of recruitment.  We are looking for One to Two volunteers to assist the Human Resources (HR) Team and Education and Outreach Services (EOS) by creating job postings for outreach positions for the Summer Reading Program.

Volunteer job description-

For this position we are looking for a tech savvy individual, who has experience with job postings, human resources, and or writing. The Job Recruiter Volunteer is responsible for writing and posting positions on the MPL website, and other employment sites.  The volunteer will work closely with both HR and EOS.  

Time Commitment: Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm with flexible hours from March-May

If you are an interested and qualified candidate, please inquire at 414-286-3077 or


Bookseller Volunteer - Job Description


Milwaukee Road Collection  [online application]
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. 


MPL Data Mining Volunteer or Student Intern
Milwaukee Public Library is seeking a detail-oriented individual or student to assist staff in reviewing and analyzing a large set of patron responses for patterns and trends. The work would involve reading and interpreting narrative, tallying, plotting, charting, or graphing, and creating an appropriate model for data presentation. The ideal volunteer will have skills, or is actively acquiring skills in working with unstructured data sets, analyzing them, finding interesting insights, and presenting them in a clear and simple manner appropriate for the library’s needs. In the absence of demonstrated skills in these areas, a very strong interest is required, along with excellent communication skills. This volunteer position will work under the supervision of the Deputy Library Director and/or the Central Circulation Manager.

For more details, interested persons should contact Joan Johnson, Deputy Library Director at or 414-286-3025. Recruitment for this position will continue until filled.


MPL Resource Guide Volunteer or Student Intern
Milwaukee Public Library is seeking an individual with a social work or community services background to develop a resource manual for the Milwaukee Public Library system. The individual will be responsible for contacting a list of local agencies to gather information on the resources that are offered to the Milwaukee community. Those resources may include the following topics:
Home care, Legal resources, Shelters, Food pantries, Tax help, Outreach program, Social service providers, Tutors.

Our goal is to gather this information and make it available to help our peers and patrons. Individuals would compile a list organizations, make calls, collect materials and design the resource guide. We're looking for someone who is motivated, outgoing, a self-starter, great communication skills and familiar with the City of Milwaukee. The volunteer would work under the supervision of the Peer Support Team of the Milwaukee Public Library. For more details, interested persons should contact Deidre Steward, Volunteer Coordinator at or 414-286-3077. Recruitment for this position will continue until filled.

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]

Central Greeter [online application]

Central Library World War I project [online application]

Central Library Historic Poster Collection [online application]

Computer Assistant [online application]

Drop-in Adult Tutor [online application]

East Play Group Assistant [online application]

Outreach Events Assistant (Summer Reading Program and Library Card Campaign) [online application]