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EXCITE Transformation for Libraries: Charles County Public Library

"Drop the Mic Recording Studio," Charles County Library System, MD

To provide Charles County youth with a sense of belonging and a creative outlet, the library will set up a recording booth with equipment and software for recording music and podcasts, with accompanying programming and themes designed by the teens.

Project Details

Project Name: Drop the Mic Recording Studio

Purpose: To provide Charles County youth with a purpose, a sense of place and belonging, and a creative outlet.

Grant Funding Amount: $3,000

Key Elements: Recording booth stocked with equipment and media software for recording music & podcasts; programs with themes designed by teens; teens will have ownership of their creativity; teens mentoring teens; future expansion to additional library branches.

Target Audience: Teens, 13-17

Community Support: Library Board of Trustees, Washington DC recording studio techs, library's Youth Services department, Citizens 4 CCPL, Inspired Millennials (non-profit organization)

Use of grant funds: studio booth and recording equipment

Why: Statistics show that many Charles County youth do not participate in extracurricular activities (49%), report being bullied (19%), and feel sad or hopeless (25%).

Drop the Mic will be the only free, public recording studio for youth in Charles County.

The program can inspire and change lives by providing a safe place, helping teens build self esteem through creativity and ownership, and encouraging career aspirations.

Project Announcement - March 2019

poster with details about Drop the Mic opening event

Team Members

team members from Charles County Public Library

Alonzo Kitchens, DauVeen Walker, and Tisha Tyler (not pictured)


Presentation Slide

Drop the Mic presentation slide


Institute of Museum and Library Services

This project was made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, grant # RE-95-17-0068-17, in the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.

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