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Attention Central Library Patrons – As of Wednesday, May 15, 2019

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Current Volunteer Opportunities

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer at our Reading in the Parks Program - NEW

Online Application
Carmen and Modrzejewski Parks

Summer is here and our annual Summer Reading in the Parks program is just around the corner! Each summer, for 6 weeks, the Milwaukee Public Library goes around to different neighborhood parks and promotes our Summer Reading Challenge to local children through onsite story times and a plethora of books.

Designed to fight learning loss while school is out, our Summer Reading Challenge keeps kids actively learning during the sunny months. Volunteers with this program will help MPL staff at the different parks with story times and getting kids excited about reading different books. Program runs June 24 - August 1,2019. Monday's from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Carmen Park (7320 W. Carmen Ave). Tuesday's from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Modrzejewski Park (1020 W Cleveland Ave). Ages 18 or older. Passion for reading and working with kids with the ability to attend a majority of Monday or Tuesday sessions.


Volunteer at our Summer Programs - NEW

Online Application
Various locations

Summer is a critical time in a child's life. Children can lose up to 2-3 months of reading and learning during the summer months, setting them way back at the start of the school year. Here's where you can help play a vital role. Designed to fight the Summer Slide, our Summer Programs give local children the opportunity to keep learning while having fun this summer, and we need your help to make sure all our young patrons have an ed-cellent and entertaining time.

From helping children learn how to make flying machines to exploring robot technology to creating moon sand, our Summer Children's Programs run the educational gamut. And with opportunities on weekday afternoons to weekend mornings, we have opportunities that fit everyone's schedules. Volunteers are not required to have previous experience with a program topic, as library staff will provide directions and overview for all helpers. Minimum 14 years or older. Flexible scheduling. Approved volunteers are welcome to pick and choose which programs work best with their schedule.


Arts and Crafts Volunteer

Online Application
Martin Luther King Branch

Do you like being creative? Do you like working with kids? Then this is the perfect opportunity for you!

The Milwaukee Public Library MLK Branch (310 W. Locust St) is looking for a new weekly Arts and Craft Volunteer to help local children and young teens discover their creativity and express their artistic personalities.

This volunteer position works independently to develop short, beginner level arts and crafts projects and teaches them to local youth in a relaxed setting on a weekly basis (approximately 2-3 hours per week). All arts and crafts specialties are welcome. Our past volunteer taught fiber arts, but we’re open to all mediums! Minimum 18 years of age. Intermediate to advanced knowledge in an arts or crafts medium with a passion for working with urban youth. Scheduled hours are flexible and can be tailored to what works best with your schedule.


Computer Coach

Job Description | Online Application
Current locations in need: Atkinson and Washington Park

Imagine having to create a résumé, pay your bills, search for a job, or apply to college without having a computer of your own. In today’s modern world, it’s nearly impossible to complete many of these every day, life tasks without a computer. Unfortunately, that is the situation many of our patrons are in. Here’s where you can make a big difference.

Our Computer Coaches work one-on-one with our adult patrons needing assistance with learning and using our public computers and devices. From helping someone format their resume in Microsoft Word and apply for jobs online to helping someone learn how to print, you can share your knowledge with novice computer users and help bridge the digital divide in our community.

No teaching experience is required. Minimum 18 years old. Two hour per week commitment, with week day, daytime availability preferred.

Our Computer Coach program is offered as a drop-in service, meaning there are no appointments and Coaches are not matched with specific individuals. Coaches help all patrons who show up looking for help on a first come, first served basis.


On-Call Volunteer Crew

Job Description | Online Application

Do you love the Library and wish to volunteer but are too busy to make a weekly commitment? Then this is the perfect opportunity for you!

Join our On-Call Volunteer Crew and lend a helping at at our special programs and events. Crew Members are contacted on an as-needed basis and are welcome to sign up as frequently or infrequently as they wish. Volunteers assist with a wide range programs including Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss, Teen Job Fairs, Educational and Literacy Programs, Author Visits, Children's Performances, Cultural Celebrations, and more!

Upcoming Volunteer Crew Member Opportunities


Outreach Ambassador

Job Description | Online Application

Do you love reading and learning and want to share you passion with others? Sign up to be a Outreach Ambassador for MPL. This is the perfect opportunity for those looking to learn more about libraries or education, or people looking to volunteer but are unable to make a weekly commitment.

Our team of Outreach Ambassadors encourage individuals throughout our community to get involved with their local library and sign up for library cards! Outreach Ambassadors represent the Milwaukee Public Library at a variety of community events including school open houses, health fairs, community block parties, and more.

Through their work, Ambassadors educate community members on the different programs, resources, and services provided by MPL. By volunteering as an Outreach Ambassador, you can help inspire children and adults in your community to read, learn, and connect at their local public library


Bookseller Volunteer

Job Description

Volunteer(s) will sort, stock, categorize, and shelve materials for purchase. Maintain store appearance, assists customers, operate cash register and performs other tasks. This volunteer position is managed by the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library.


Tour Guide Volunteer

Job Description | Docent Application Form

If you are a library enthusiast and are looking for a new venture, consider becoming a docent at Milwaukee’s historic Central Library. Listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings, and an official Milwaukee landmark, Central Library is an architectural jewel which showcases detailed craftsmanship, ornate decoration, and fascinating special features. This volunteer position is managed by the Friends of  the Milwaukee Public Library.


Adult Tutor

Job Description | Online Application
All positions currently filled, applicants will be placed on a wait list for next available opening.


Did you know that 1 in 4 adults in Milwaukee read at or below a 4th grade reading level? Under-educated adults experience high levels of unemployment and low wages, setting them way back. Here's where you can play a vital role. The Milwaukee Public Library Adult Tutoring Program provides one-on-one literacy help for adult patrons looking to improve their basic reading, writing, and life skills. By donating your time and talents as an Adult Tutor, you can help adults on a variety of projects from reading books and writing cover letters to studying for  the GED and college entrance exams. No past teaching experience is required. We'll
provide you with all the training and resources you need to help adults in our community get ahead.

Our Adult Tutoring program is offered as a drop-in service, meaning there are no appointments and tutors are not matched with specific individuals. Tutors help all patrons who show up looking for help on a first come, first served basis.


Questions on any of these opportunities? Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at MPLVolunteer@milwaukee.gov