L.A. Public Library and Ozomatli Debut Read to the Rhythm Video

GRAMMY-winning band's song promotes Library's Summer Fun clubs for children and teens

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: April 27, 2015

L.A. Public Library and Ozomatli Debut Read to the Rhythm Video

The Los Angeles Public Library -- in partnership with the multi-genre, multi-cultural, GRAMMY-winning band Ozomatli -- debuted the music video for "Read to the Rhythm," a song written and performed by the Los Angeles-based band to promote the Library's Summer Fun clubs for children and teens.

The video, which takes its title from the club's 2015 theme, can be viewed at www.lapl.org/SummerReading. It features the band with a cast of over 60 children, dancers and performers exploring the iconic downtown Central Library.

"Being chosen to write a song for the Los Angeles Public Library's summer reading program was a huge honor for Ozomatli," said the band's Ulises Bella. "All of us growing up here in LA would not be where we are without the amazing resources that the Los Angeles Public Library provides the community."

Membership has its privileges, and the song will be available as a free download to club members when Summer Fun begins June 8 and continues through Aug. 1. Membership is free and available to children and teens up to 18 years.

"We're excited that L.A.'s own Ozomatli, a band that reflects and celebrates the city's diversity, has teamed with us to encourage kids in every neighborhood to join Summer Fun at our 73 libraries," said City Librarian John F. Szabo. "Read to the Rhythm's free activities challenge kids to read, learn and have fun all summer long with programs ranging from interactive drumming and Minecraft camps to making musical instruments, building robots, coding classes and more."

The Los Angeles Public Library has been a leader in out-of-school summer enrichment for more than 80 years. Over the years, Summer Fun has evolved from a recommended reading list to a robust program of activities for children, tweens, and teens across the city. Research has shown that students who are involved in summer library programs better retain their reading skills, leading to increased reading enjoyment and motivation, starting the school year ready to learn, and more confidence in the classroom.

This summer's Library programming includes reading clubs, STEAM workshops (science/technology/engineering/art/math), live performances, access to the Library's literacy and information materials, and at some locations, free lunch. With the 2015 theme of "Read to the Rhythm," this year's Summer Fun will also include plenty of singing, dancing, and merriment.

For more information about Summer Fun activities, visit www.lapl.org/SummerReading. Summer Fun and the "Read to the Rhythm" song and video were made possible through the support of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles.

The Library Foundation of Los Angeles provides critical support to the Los Angeles Public Library resulting in free programs, resources and services available to the millions of adults, children and youth of Los Angeles. Through fundraising, advocacy and innovative programs, the Library Foundation strengthens the Los Angeles Public Library and promotes greater awareness of its valuable resources. For more information, please visit lfla.org.

The Los Angeles Public Library serves the largest urban population of any library in the country. Its Central Library, 72 branch libraries, more than six million books, and state-of-the-art technology provide everyone with free and easy access to information and the opportunity for life-long learning.

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