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Current Volunteer Opportunities

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Fall Job Fair - NEEDED

Online Application - Please reference "Fall Job Fair"
Location: Martin Luther King Library

Are you a resume Rockstar!? Share your skills as a volunteer at our Fall Job Fair!

Calling all job geniuses! Our Martin Luther King Library is hosting their Fall Job Fair on Thursday, September 26 and we need your help. With dozens of local businesses on hand to connect with job seekers, guests will also have the opportunity to get help editing their resumes, filling out job applications, and having professional head shots taken for their LinkedIn profiles.

We're looking for 10 individuals willing to volunteer their time and talents from 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. to help patrons proofread and edit their resumes, and help individuals apply for jobs online. Volunteer and help people in our community make the next big step in their career.


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:


Play Group Volunteer - NEEDED

Online Application - Please reference "Play Group"
Location: Tippecanoe on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Are you passionate about childhood and early literacy? This may be the perfect fit for you.

Our Tippecanoe Library (3912 S. Howell Ave) is looking for a weekly volunteer to assist with their Play Group with Stories program on Thursday mornings.

Geared towards children ages 1-4 with a parent or guardian, our Play Group with Stories features a 20-minute story time lead by the Children's Librarian, complete with songs, finger plays, and other participatory activities to help children learn important literacy skills, followed by 40 minutes of open play time with a variety of age-appropriate, educational toys.

The volunteer with this weekly program will help prep materials and assist with room set up, participate in story time activities, and interact with children during open play time. Minimum 18 years or older. Past experience working with children required.


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