Friday, September 17th was a busy day at the Kellyville Public Library. Almost 50 people came to show their appreciation for retiring librarian Jackie Case and to welcome Aimee Hargrove, who will be taking over Case’s duties.
The day-long reception for Case included well-wishes from family, friends, and colleagues, gifts, flowers, drinks and treats, and even a serenade from Town Trustee and former mayor Terry Voss.
Ms. Case grew up in Tulsa and attended Webster High School, but has lived in Kellyville for over 30 years. She worked in the Town Hall in various capacities for 11 years before becoming the librarian when the former one left to care for her children.
“I always wanted to be in the library,” Case tells Sapulpa Times. She said she volunteered at the Sapulpa Public Library for a while before taking over in Kellyville.
When asked how she will spend her time now that it’s exclusively hers, Case laughs, and says, “Oh, you know, I’ll get things done around the house!”
The new librarian, Aimee Hargrove, also has a history with Kellyville. Her mother and kids attended school there, and she attended elementary school there.
She has worked in Sapulpa in the past, including at the library, part-time. She’s been working with Case at the Kellyville library off-and-on for several weeks, while also performing court clerk duties for the Town.
Hargrove said that in the last few weeks she’s learned all about the “behind the scenes” work of running a library, which includes, among many other things, a lot of paperwork.
Her motivation for the position stems from something deeper, however. “I love the kids,” she says.