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September 2016 Volunteer Opportunities


Pumpkin Cleaning-Central Library

Tuesday, September 27- 1 -7 p.m.

Wednesday, September 28-10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Thursday, September 29-10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

In preparation of our annual Harvest Fest, we're in need of volunteers to assist with the cleaning of 1,000 pumpkins. Join us at any time during the following days and times. 


October 2016 Volunteer Opportunities


Harvest Fest- Central Library

Saturday, October 1, (program time 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

Celebrate the turning of the season at the library with music, pumpkins, cookies, live animals and stories. Meet Browser the Library Lion!

Activities: face painting, cookie decorating, story nook, live animals from Ms. Kim’s Amazing Animals, fresh apple sauce, and free pumpkins for the kids to decorate!

Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. -1:30 p.m. (set-up and clean-up)


List of volunteer activities:

Face painting: 1 volunteer-line control

A line director for cookies/applesauce: 1 volunteer

Browser Handler: 1 volunteer

Greeters/handout maps- 2 volunteers (Rotunda)

Cookie decorating: 6 volunteers 

Story Nook: 1 volunteer

Live Animals: 3 volunteers

Apple Sauce: 5 volunteers

Pumpkins: 6 volunteers

Number of volunteers: 30


Fall Arts & Crafts Fest- Martin Luther King Library

Saturday, October 15 from 1-4 p.m.

Celebrate autumn by creating a variety of festive fall crafts for all ages.

Craft stations:

Pumpkin/apple painting: 2 volunteers

Paper scarecrow/tree crafts: 1 volunteer

Arm knitting scarfs: 1 volunteer

Leaf jars: 1 volunteer

Paper bead jewelry making: 2 volunteers

hand drawn cardboard signs: 1 volunteer

Treats (cookie decorating, popcorn machine, & trail mix): 3 volunteers

All volunteers should arrive between 12-12:30 p.m. for set-up and instructions on their station. 


Career Exploration- Capitol Library

Wednesday, October 19 from 5 - 7 p.m. 

Do you flip back and forth between becoming a lawyer or becoming a doctor, depending on whether you're watching Law and Order or ER? Feel like there must be better way to learn about careers and make decisions about the future? Well, there is. Whether you have a few careers in mind or you haven't given the future much thought at all, this workshop will help you kickstart your career exploration process. Designed for high school students, this workshop will be fun, free, and chuck full of tools and resources from the career planning experts. Plus, we'll have food!

Need: 2-4 volunteers, prefer college students and adults


Exploratorium! STEM Series for School-Aged Kids- East Branch

Thursdays, October 20 and 27, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Explore STEM (Science, Technology, Math, and Science) concepts with this fun and educational series of after-school programs emphasizing creativity and hands-on learning. For ages 8-12. 

Need: 2-3 volunteers

This is a great volunteer opportunity for science-minded, tech-savvy, or creatively-inclined volunteers. Prefer High School or College Students. 


Jacqueline Woodson at MPL- Centennial Hall

Friday, October 21 program time 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Award winning author Jacqueline Woodson will be visiting the Milwaukee Public Library. Jacqueline Woodson is the 2014 National Book Award Winner for her memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, which was also a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor Award, the NAACP Image Award and the Sibert Honor Award. She is the author of more than two dozen award-winning books for young adults, middle graders and children. This fall marks the release of her first adult novel in over twenty years, Another Brooklyn. The event is co-sponsored by Boswell Book Company and YWCA Southeast Wisconsin. 

Need: 4 volunteers, arrive at 6 p.m.

Volunteers will assist library staff with the book signing process following the talk and line control. 


Library Loud Event- Haunted Library- Central Library

Saturday, October 22, (program time 5:57-10 p.m.)

Sunday, October 23, (program time 1-5 p.m.)

The Central Library will be hosting the 2nd Library Loud Day event on Saturday, October 22, 5:57-10 p.m. and Sunday, October 23, 1-5 p.m. If you missed out on the Library Loud Concert in July, you don’t want to miss the Haunted Central Library

In preparation of our second Library Loud event we would like to solicit your support. Each day will be broken into two shifts, to allow volunteers to assist and an opportunity to enjoy the festivities. Volunteers are expected to attend a volunteer training/walk through on Tuesday, October 18 from 6-7 p.m. During this walk through you will see all departmental exhibits, staged areas, and find out specifics related to your assignment.  

Volunteer shifts:

Saturday shifts: 4:30pm-7:30pm or 7:30pm-10:30 p.m. 

Sunday shifts: 12 p.m.- 3 p.m. or 3 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.

Potential volunteer activities:

  • Hand out treat bags to children (ages 5-17)/hand stamp-stationed at the Welcome Desk
  • Scavenger hunt cards (Rotunda behind the vignette of Frankstein’s Lab) individual must be willing to wear a white lab coat
  • Hole punchers- punch holes in the scavenger hunt cards in the exhibit  rooms
  • Mask decorating station- assist with the line and keeping track of time
  • Face painting/caricaturist- assist with the line and keeping track of time
  • Literary scream contest- serve as floater throughout the crowd
  • Haunted gingerbread houses
  • Departmental exhibits
  • Dress up as Edgar Allen Poe (must be willing to wear a costume)
  • Green Roof guides- assisting with telescopes
  • Green Roof Elevator guides- assisting guests on and off elevators and making sure they get to the correct floor
  • Food truck-Assist with handing out treats (must be willing to wear a costume)
  • Popcorn station
  • Forbidden Fourth Floor (Haunted, Scary)- (must be willing to wear a costume and not frightened by haunted objects, people, noises, etc.)
  • Greeter- welcome guests, field questions, and direct to activities
  • Community room check-in assistant- assist with check-in of the staff, volunteers, and provide information regarding activities for the day
  • Data Entry- input statistical information gathered from library loud guests from a raffle card into a spreadsheet

Please sign-up with Volunteer Coordinator, Deidre Steward at 


Goosebumps Campfire Stories- Washington Park Library

Monday, October 24 (program time 4:30-5:30 p.m.) 

Love to read and tell scary stories? Share your favorite story or take turns reading from a selection of library books. We'll also have creepy crafts to keep you busy... come if you dare!

Need: 2 volunteers, arrive at 4 p.m. for set-up

Volunteers will assist with set-up, crafts, and clean-up. 


College Application Lab- Atkinson Library

Tuesday, October 25, 5-7:30 p.m. 

Need some help applying to college? Whether you're just starting to think about college or you already have a draft in progress, the Milwaukee Public Library is here to help. During our College Application Labs, we'll have current undergraduate students from local universities on hand to offer you personalized assistance, no matter how far along you are in the process of applying to college.

Need: 2-4 volunteers, arrive at 4:30 p.m. for set-up


Trick or Treat- Tippecanoe Library

Monday, October 31, 5-7:30 p.m.

Need: 3 volunteers. arrive at 4:30 p.m. for set-up

Volunteers will assist with Halloween related activities, passing out treats and clean-up.


Halloween Scavenger Hunt- Zablocki Library

Monday, October 31, 6- 7:30 p.m. 

Need: 2 volunteers, arrive at 5:30 p.m.

Volunteers will assist with set-up, scavenger hunt activities, and clean-up.


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.

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. 

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.


Teacher in the Library program (see attached job description) (Opportunity is CLOSED and will resume in September 2016)

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 p.m.
Thursday: 3:30-5:30 p.m.


Ongoing Opportunities

Bookseller Volunteer - Job Description

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. 

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]