There’s no way around it. Mr. Larry is a failure. Nothing
goes right for him. He loses things all the time. He is easily confused. He
showed up at the Destin Library on Thursday, June 22 and created a wake of
Mr. Larry is an epic fail.
But Larry Darnell isn’t.
Mr. Darnell, aka Mr. Larry, has specialized in children’s
entertainment for over 40 years. He elicits squeals and giggles wherever he
goes. While adults enjoy his shows, his entire focus is on the children.
“I like to make a difference, and kids are more fun to work
with than adults,” said Mr. Larry.
Hailing from Columbus, Indiana originally, Mr. Larry now
resides in Birmingham, Alabama and spends the vast majority of his time in the
school systems around that area conducting character education programming. He
works with the schools in Alabama and also some in Florida to help teach kids
core moral values like honesty, integrity, compassion and generosity.
This plays well with Mr. Larry’s prior experience in
children’s ministry. Values, lessons and an appreciation of differences.
“Every school system is different, every show is different,
every child is different,” said Mr. Larry.
And that’s the theme he was part of at the Destin Library.
His show, “An Altogether Magical Adventure!”, is parallel with the national
2023 library theme of accepting differences in people and recognizing value in
“People come in all shapes, all sizes, all colors, and they
are all important,” said Mr. Larry. The brick wall behind him shows this. Some
bricks are bright, some light, some big, some little, “ … and they all work
together to form this great wall,” he said.