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Current Volunteer Opportunities

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Live Rap Battle - NEEDED

Online Application - Please reference "Rap Battle"
When: Thursday, October 17, 2019 from 4:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Central Library

You can help our community crown the next Rap Royalty by volunteering at our Live Rap Battle at the Central Library on Thursday, October 17! Featuring eight local rap artists, contestants will compete to win the Grand Prize of $1,000 and the opportunity to perform on Radio 88.NINE

With hundreds of guests estimated in attendance, we're looking for 25 volunteers to help make this event be every bit of magic it can be. From helping check-in guests and providing directions to handing out freebies and helping with raffle prizes, you can help our community pick their favorite rap artist while getting an exclusive behind the scenes experience at this one of a kind event.


Volunteer at Hour of Code - NEEDED

Online Application - Please reference "Hour of Code"

Are you a Computer Programmer or work in Computer Science? You can volunteer at our Hour of Code events at the Milwaukee Public Library!

With technology changing every industry on the planet, computing knowledge has become part of a well-rounded skill set. But fewer than half of all schools teach computer science! To help fix this problem, our Hour of Code sessions gives local teens the opportunity to have fun and learn the basics of computer programming all in one hour sessions.

Volunteers will work one-on-one or in small sessions with teen students, helping them complete the assigned coding challenge. The volunteer commitment for each program will run approximately 2-2.5 hours in total and volunteers are welcome to signup for whichever dates work best for them.

Hour of Code Dates and Locations:


Tuesday After School Volunteer - NEEDED

Online Application - Please reference "Tuesday Volunteer"
Location: Tippecanoe on Tuesdays from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

This is the perfect opportunity for a high school student looking for service hours or really anyone looking to give back at their local library! Our Tippecanoe team would love a weekly volunteer to help out on Tuesday afternoons from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. From lending a hand with after school programs to helping prep materials and assisting with organizational tasks, this volunteer will play a big role in helping our staff make sure everyone who comes through our doors has a wonderful experience.


On-Call Volunteer Crew - NEEDED

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


Computer Coach - NEEDED

Job Description | Online Application
Location: Zablocki, 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.


Adult Tutors - NEEDED

Job Description | Online Application
Locations: Washington Park on Saturday mornings

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.


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.


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