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Current Volunteer Opportunities

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer at our Martin Luther King Day Celebration

Online Application
Location:
Martin Luther King

On Monday, January 20, 2020, the Milwaukee Public Library - Martin Luther King Branch will host a full day of activities honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. For over 10 years, the MLK Branch has opened specially on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to offer a celebration filled with poetry, music, dance, crafts, games and more for our community.

With over 1,000 people turning out for this annual event, we need your help to make sure everyone has an engaging and entertaining experience. There are two volunteer shifts available, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Volunteers during the morning shift (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) will lend a helping hand by welcoming individuals, running the photo booth, assisting at the button making station, helping people make their own 3D pen created peace signs, and assisting at arts and crafts tables.

Volunteers in the afternoon shift (12:00 - 5:00 p.m.) will help out by assisting individuals at the button making station, handing out slices of cake, and helping manage the photo booth.


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


Computer Coach

Job Description | Online Application
Location: Atkinson, Capitol, Center Street, Washington Park, and Zablocki

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

Job Description | Online Application
Locations: Center Street on Mondays or Tuesdays

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