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September 2016 Volunteer Opportunities


Pumpkin Cleaning-Central Library

Tuesday, September 27- 1 -7 p.m.

Wednesday, September 28-10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Thursday, September 29-10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

In preparation of our annual Harvest Fest, we're in need of volunteers to assist with the cleaning of 1,000 pumpkins. Join us at any time during the following days and times. 


October 2016 Volunteer Opportunities


Harvest Fest- Central Library

Saturday, October 1, (program time 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

Celebrate the turning of the season at the library with music, pumpkins, cookies, live animals and stories. Meet Browser the Library Lion!

Activities: face painting, cookie decorating, story nook, live animals from Ms. Kim’s Amazing Animals, fresh apple sauce, and free pumpkins for the kids to decorate!

Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. -1:30 p.m. (set-up and clean-up)


List of volunteer activities:

Face painting: 1 volunteer-line control

A line director for cookies/applesauce: 1 volunteer

Browser Handler: 1 volunteer

Greeters/handout maps- 2 volunteers (Rotunda)

Cookie decorating: 6 volunteers 

Story Nook: 1 volunteer

Live Animals: 3 volunteers

Apple Sauce: 5 volunteers

Pumpkins: 6 volunteers

Number of volunteers: 30


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.


Ongoing Opportunities

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]