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Current Volunteer Opportunities

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Nomination Committee for
Milwaukee Poet Laureate

Job Description | Online Application
January - May 2019
Central Library

Are you a leader of our local literary community? Here's your chance to have a one-of-a kind impact.

For almost 20 years, the Milwaukee Public Library has been amplifying and uplifting local poetry through the Milwaukee Poet Laureate project. Through special events, readings, and cross disciplinary projects each Poet Laureate aims to enhance life and build community through poetry during their two year term.

Members of the Nomination Committee play a vital role in recruiting prospective nominees and working collaboratively within the committee to screen all applicants and nominate a Poet Laureate for the 2019-2021 term.

Individuals interested in serving on the Nomination Committee should review the detailed Volunteer Description and submit an Online Volunteer Application along with a Letter of Interest and/or C.V. sent to which  communicates the candidate's knowledge, experience, or expertise in literature, poetry, or spoken word. Committee members will be appointed by the Nomination Committee Chair.

Deadline to apply is Friday, November 30, 2018

Fabric Arts Volunteer

Online Application
Martin Luther King Library

Do you have a knack for knitting? Do you get crafty with crochet hooks? Then this is the perfect opportunity for you!

The Milwaukee Public Library MLK Library (310 W. Locust St) is looking for a new Fabric Arts Volunteer to help local children and young teens discover their creativity through the wonderful world of fabric arts.

This volunteer position works independently to develop short, beginner level fabric arts projects (including knitting, crocheting, and more) and teaches them to local youth in a relaxed setting on a weekly basis (approximately 2-3 hours per week). Scheduled hours are flexible and can be tailored to what works best with your schedule. Minimum 18 years of age. Intermediate to advanced knowledge of knitting, crocheting, or a related fabric art is required.

Computer Coach

Job Description | Online Application
Multiple Locations

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 required. Minimum 18 years old. Two hour weekly commitment. Flexible schedule, arrange coaching times based on your availability.

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.

NEW! Outreach Ambassador

Job Description | Online Application

Do you love reading and learning and want to share you passion with others? Sign up to be a Outreach Ambassador for MPL. This is the perfect opportunity for those looking to learn more about libraries or education, or people looking to volunteer but are unable to make a weekly commitment.

Our team of Outreach Ambassadors encourage individuals throughout our community to get involved with their local library and sign up for library cards! Outreach Ambassadors represent the Milwaukee Public Library at a variety of community events including school open houses, health fairs, community block parties, and more.

Through their work, Ambassadors educate community members on the different programs, resources, and services provided by MPL. By volunteering as an Outreach Ambassador, you can help inspire children and adults in your community to read, learn, and connect at their local public library.

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

  • Make Your Own Gingerbread House at Mitchell Street - December 11, 2018
  • Make Your Own Gingerbread House at Tippecanoe - December 11, 2018

Adult Tutor

Job Description | Online Application
Multiple Locations

Did you know that 1 in 4 adults in Milwaukee read at or below a 4th grade reading level? Undereducated 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.

Memory Cafe Assistant 

Online Application | Complete List of Dates and Locations
April - December 2018

You can enrich the lives of individuals affected by Alzheimer's, Dementia, and Memory Loss as a Memory Cafe Volunteer Assistant.

Running April - December 2018, MPL will be hosting monthly Memory Cafes in the afternoon of the third Tuesday of every month at rotating locations. Each cafe will offer a fun, interactive program for individuals and their caregivers along with refreshments. Volunteers will provide vital support by greeting attendees, registering individuals, assisting with refreshments, and participating in the program. Upcoming themes include Board Games, Gardening, Ice Cream Social, Rhythm for Unity Drum Circle, Comfort Cooking, and much more.

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.

Docent 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.