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How to get a kid to open up a book and along with it a new world?

Rouse a youngster’s literary curiosity with a screening of the 70-minute feature film, “Micky Mcgee and the Magic Library,” at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at the Screenland Crown Center, 2450 Grand Blvd. Mixer starts at 1 p.m. and library cards will be handed out by the film’s creators at 1:45 p.m. in the theater lobby. Tickets at $5 at the door.

Produced by Denny Dey Independent Film Production and shot entirely at the Johnson County Library’s Leawood Pioneer branch, “Micky Mcgee and the Magic Library” follows the eye-opening adventure of reluctant reader Micky as he is astonishingly transported to the library.

Micky summons the Spirit of the Library and a flock of famous authors from the past to save all of the library’s books from being destroyed by the dour Dr. Meanandevil and his mischief-making sidekick Simpleton.

This significant screening to encourage childhood reading is promoted by the Johnson County Library, the Kansas City Public Library and the Mid-Continent Public Library in cooperation with the Screenland Crown Center and CinemaKC, a non-profit group that supports Missouri and Kansas filmmakers.

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CinemaKC’s Strategic Partners include ArtsKC, Film Commission of Greater Kansas City, Blackberry Castle Productions, Film Society of Greater Kansas City, Independent Filmmaker’s Coalition, Kansas City Film Critics Circle, Kansas City FilmFest, Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee, Kansas City Fringe Festival, Kansas City Screenwriters, Kansas City Urban Film Festival, Kansas City Women in Film and TV, Kansas Film Commission, Kansas International Film Festival, Missouri Film Commission, Missouri Motion Media Association, Reel Spirit, Tallgrass Film Festival, Thank You Walt Disney, UMKC Film Department, University of Kansas Film and Media Studies, Variety the Children’s Charity of Greater Kansas City and Women of the Motion Picture Industry.

CinemaKC’s Business Alliance includes Allied Integrated Marketing, Allied Theatre Craft, American Heartland Theatre, Bazillion Animation, BicMedia, Haywood Marketing Communications, Kansas City Area Development Council, KC Stage Magazine, KC Studio, Prizm Productions, Screenland Armour, Screenland Crossroads, Screenland Crown Center, StagePort KC, Substream Music & Sound Design and T2.

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