Library Corner: Real-life ‘Wonder’ to present Be All You Can BE!, a musical magic show |

Library Corner: Real-life ‘Wonder’ to present Be All You Can BE!, a musical magic show

Jeanie Johnson
Grand County Library District
Michael Casey

Grand County Library District’s Summer Reading Program kicks off with a theme of Libraries Rock! On Tuesday and Wednesday, June 12 and 13, Michael Casey brings Be All You can Be! to Grand County libraries. Real-life “Wonder” Westminster teen, by mixing magic with music, will show how a positive attitude gives one control over his circumstances instead of one’s circumstances taking the control.

As the Denver Post reported earlier this year, “For a young man who sees his future in film, it comes as little surprise that Michael Casey draws inspiration from a line of screen dialogue: A moment of pain is worth a lifetime of glory, a character tells the hero of the 2014 release “Unbroken.”

“That’s always been my mind-set, but he summed it up for me in one sentence,” says Michael, a 17-year-old Westminster student who found refuge in movies while recovering from more than two dozen medical procedures to address a rare medical condition. “I know that whatever is happening, if I’m in pain, it’s for a better purpose.”

He has collected a box full of medical hardware that dates to his birth with Treacher Collins syndrome, which affects development of facial bones and tissue, often with complications like breathing difficulty and hearing loss. But some of the most distinctive characteristics are abnormalities of appearance: flat or absent cheekbones, down-sloped eyes, unformed or unusually formed ears and a lower jaw that’s small and set back.

But Michael, like many others touched by up to a 1-in-50,000 chance of being born with Treacher Collins, has plowed through the pain, embraced his differences and written the script for an extraordinary life. A senior at Northglenn High School, he plays several instruments, dabbles in sleight-of-hand, learned Japanese from his piano teacher, took up competitive ice hockey and now aims for a career in movies.”

Michael, a 2018 high school graduate, will attend The Moody Institute of Communications, University of Texas, this fall.

Join us for Be All You Can Be! with Michael Casey the following times and places:

Tuesday, June 12: 10:30 a.m. Granby Library; 3 p.m. Kremmling Library

Wednesday, June 13: 11:15 a.m. Hot Sulphur Springs Library; 2 p.m. Juniper Library in Grand Lake; and 4:30 pm Fraser Valley Library

Jeanie Johnson is director of public services with the Grand County Library District.

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