Lyn Ford has spent the past two years telling stories to the children at the New Albany 2-5 elementary building.

Lyn Ford has spent the past two years telling stories to the children at the New Albany 2-5 elementary building.

"A fourth generation, nationally recognized 'Afrilachian' storyteller, Lynette Ford will do a storytelling residency the week of March 19," said Debby Baumgartner, library teacher at the elementary. "During the five days she is with us, she will present 35-minute programs during the normally scheduled library periods."

Ford's style is described as Afrilachian because she is an African-American from Appalachia, according to her website. The "home-fried" tales she tells have been handed down to her through family members.

Ford never tells the same story to more than one group, Baumgartner said. She keeps the stories fresh that way for both the students and herself.

Two classes were scheduled to meet with Ford during each library period this week.

Baumgartner said the school likes to keep the groups small so they further appreciate Ford's storytelling style.

"Her heritage as an African-American and Native American brings a realism to her storytelling using rhythm and rhyme, call and response, instruments, and her marvelous humor and life experiences from her family's background of being storytellers," Baumgartner said. "Her program supports the storytelling curriculum of the library while enhancing the diversity studies of the school's curriculum."

Both of Ford's visits in the past two years have been supported by proceeds from the library's annual book fair, held every November.