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Volunteer at the Library

Adult Tutor
Assist an Adult in Improving Their Literacy Skills
Provide instruction, assistance and encouragement to an adult who wants to improve their skills in reading, writing, math, GED preparation, or English.
  • Be available to assist the adult learner to accomplish short term and immediate goals during drop-in tutor sessions
  • Complete brief reports on tutoring sessions to Site Coordinator
  • Promote the use of library resources by referring students to Library staff as appropriate
  • A strong commitment to helping someone succeed in their personal educational goals
  • A willingness and patience to work at the pace needed by the adult learner
  • A friendly, respectful and approachable manner
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Knowledge of languages other than English may be helpful for some students
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be available for 1-2 hours per week to work with any adult learner at the library. Hours can be weekdays, some evenings or weekends.
  • Must complete 9 hours of tutor training provided by the library:
    Sessions 1, 2, and 3
    Session 4

    These sessions will take place at the
    Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue, from 5:15-7:45 p.m.

    This session will take place at the neighborhood library chosen by the volunteer tutor.

    Mondays, Jan. 27 & Feb. 3
    Herzfeld Activities Room
    Monday, Feb. 10
    Meeting Room 1 - First Floor

    Monday, Feb. 17
    6-7:30 p.m.

    Mondays, Mar. 17, 24, 31
    Session Canceled

    Monday, Apr. 7
    Session Canceled

Additional Information

Opportunities are available at the following libraries:

  • Center Street Library
  • Forest Home Library
  • Mill Road Library
  • Tippecanoe Library
  • Washington Park Library
  • For more information on the program contact: Literacy Services Coordinator at 286-3009.

    How to Apply
    1. Complete application
    2. Print and sign the application (applications will not be accepted without signature)
    3. Return signed application:
      By Mail Office of Volunteer Services
      Milwaukee Public Library
      814 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53233
      In Person To a librarian at any Milwaukee Public Library
      By Fax (414) 286-3831
      By Email
      (signed applications should be in pdf format)
    1. Your completed application will be reviewed, and if there are any possible matches with currently available volunteer opportunities, we will contact you.  You may also be asked to participate in an in-person interview.
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