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Current Opportunities

Current Opportunities

October 2016 Volunteer Opportunities

November 2016 Volunteer Opportunities



Halloween Scavenger HuntZablocki Library

Monday, October 31, 6- 7:30 p.m. 

Follow the clues on a scavenger hunt inside the spooooky Zablocki Library. What clue lies in the pumpkin patch? What hint will the scarecrow hold? Come in costume!

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

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


Trick or Treat @ The Library- Tippecanoe Library

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

Celebrate Halloween at the library with a spooky story, craft, games and snacks. Costumes are encouraged!

Need: 3 volunteers. arrive at 4:30 p.m. for set-up, volunteers are encouraged to wear costumes. 

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


Pick a President- Washington Park Library

Tuesday, Nov 1, 5-6 p.m.

Feeling left out because you're too young to vote? Always dreamed your favorite fictional character could be president? Kids can get in on the action and cast their vote in a mock election.

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


Crazy 8 Math-Capitol Library

Wednesdays, November 2, 9, & 16 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Play fun games and activities that get kids hooked on math.

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


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

Thursdays, November 3 & 10, 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. 



College Application Lab- Martin Luther King Library

Wednesday, November 9, 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


Ongoing Opportunities

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.

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]