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Current Opportunities

February Volunteer Opportunities

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

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
Thursday: 3:30-5:30


Pinkalicious  [online application]
Celebrate the pinkest holiday of them all! Read Pinkalicious books by Elizabeth and Victoria Kahn and create valentines. We promise not to make you eat my broccoli if you catch a case of pinkitis.

Mill Road: Tuesday, Feb 9, 4-5pm

Capitol: Wednesday, Feb 10, 4:30-5:30pm

Two voulunteers would assist with a valentine craft and set-up/clean-up.


A “Frozen” Valentine’s Day  [online application]
Melt hearts with Frozen-inspired Valentines! Create one-of-a-kind Valentines and enjoy Frozen-themed games, activities and snacks. Come in Costume!

Tippecanoe: Wednesday, Feb 10, 6-7pm

Two voulunteers would assist with a valentine craft and set-up/clean-up.


Bookstore Volunteer-Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library
Are you passionate about reading and about getting low-cost books, magazines, and reference materials into the hands of Milwaukee area children and adults? Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library is looking for a Friday morning volunteer to help in the used bookstore. The Bookseller, located in the Central Library in downtown Milwaukee is open Monday through Saturday. Funds raised from the sale of books are returned to the Milwaukee Public Library in the form of grants. 

Requirements: Must be available every Friday morning from 9am-12:30pm during the months of January-March. The Duties will include, but are not limited to: on-site sorting room where donated books are processed and shelving books.

Ongoing Opportunities

MPL Data Mining Volunteer or Student Intern
Milwaukee Public Library is seeking a detail-oriented individual or student to assist staff in reviewing and analyzing a large set of patron responses for patterns and trends. The work would involve reading and interpreting narrative, tallying, plotting, charting, or graphing, and creating an appropriate model for data presentation. The ideal volunteer will have skills, or is actively acquiring skills in working with unstructured data sets, analyzing them, finding interesting insights, and presenting them in a clear and simple manner appropriate for the library’s needs. In the absence of demonstrated skills in these areas, a very strong interest is required, along with excellent communication skills. This volunteer position will work under the supervision of the Deputy Library Director and/or the Central Circulation Manager.

For more details, interested persons should contact Joan Johnson, Deputy Library Director at or 414-286-3025. Recruitment for this position will continue until filled.

MPL Resource Guide Volunteer or Student Intern
Milwaukee Public Library is seeking an individual with a social work or community services background to develop a resource manual for the Milwaukee Public Library system. The individual will be responsible for contacting a list of local agencies to gather information on the resources that are offered to the Milwaukee community. Those resources may include the following topics:
Home care, Legal resources, Shelters, Food pantries, Tax help, Outreach program, Social service providers, Tutors

Our goal is to gather this information and make it available to help our peers and patrons. Individuals would compile a list organizations, make calls, collect materials and design the resource guide. We're looking for someone who is motivated, outgoing, a self-starter, great communication skills and familiar with the City of Milwaukee. The volunteer would work under the supervision of the Peer Support Team of the Milwaukee Public Library. For more details, interested persons should contact Deidre Steward, Volunteer Coordinator at or 414-286-3077. Recruitment for this position will continue until filled.

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]

Drop-in Adult Tutor [online application]

East Play Group Assistant [online application]

Outreach Events Assistant (Summer Reading Program and Library Card Campaign) [online application]