The Drop the Mic Recording Studio is a full scale professional recording studio with a sound booth, microphones, and recording and mixing equipment. The studio was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), grant # RE-95-17-0068-17, in the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, by the support of the Charles County Public Library Board of Trustees, as well as a gift from the Citizens for the Charles County Public Library, Inc (C4CCPL).
The Institute of Museum and Library Services awards grants to experiential learning programs that teach collaboration skills, programs and services that respond to community input and demonstrated needs, as well as those that lead to cultural change at libraries and sustain impact through extending training.
CCPL conducted teen focus groups and found that a number of Charles County youth do not participate in any extracurricular activities, and that young adults wanted a space where they could be creative as well as collaborate and interact with their peers. The focus group findings determined that a recording studio space would address the needs of our community. IMLS determined that the Drop the Mic Recording Studio would be the perfect fit. The CCPL Board of Trustees and C4CCPL provided the additional funds to make the studio a reality. Without the generous support of the Citizens for the Charles County Public Library and the CCPL Board of Trustees, the recording studio would not have been possible.
The Drop the Mic Recording Studio officially opened on March 20, 2019. It is free to use and is available on a first come, first serve basis. Reservations can be made on the CCPL website at Meeting Room Reservation, by calling P.D. Brown Memorial Branch at 301\645.2864 or by clicking on the button at the bottom of this page.