Friends of the Library & Book Store

The Friends of the Library is an all-volunteer organization committed to supporting the Rankin Memorial Library. They provide support for library services, beyond budgeted items and promote the use of the library as a community resource center. The Friends of the Library accepts gift books for their book store located in the library. Donations may be dropped off at the front desk. Receipts are available for tax purposes. Friends of the Library also have gift baskets given in drawings monthly for children and adults.


The library would appreciate monetary donations to help purchase new library materials. The donor can choose what material they would like purchased and can have an acknowledgment in “honor of” or “in memory of” anyone. All donations will benefit Neodesha and the surrounding communities.

Obituary Index on Internet

The obituary index for the W.A. Rankin Memorial Library in Neodesha has been updated on the internet. Type in or you can google neodesha obits & choose the web address of the above. Also on the internet you may type in your browser and request family information. The date range for the index starts with a few from the 1870’s and is current through December 2009.

Friends of the Library News

The Friends would like to remind the community of the need for gently used materials such as books, DVDS, VHS tapes, audio books and puzzles for the book store to sell. All proceeds go toward buying new materials for the library.

Community Service

As a community service, Rankin Memorial Library is a drop off for our local food bank here in Neodesha. Anyone wishing to give their non-perishable food items, may feel free to bring in their donation to the library. Our hours are: Monday – Wednesday 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.,
Thursday & Friday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to noon. As our slogan states on every patron receipt – “IF YOU CAN, BRING A CAN!”

Geneva F. Lanning

Thanks to the Pittsburg AX Library we received a copy of “The Story of Neodesha, Kansas, for Boys and Girls” by Geneva F. Lanning for our library. Geneva taught 40 years in the Neodesha school system and was principal for South School before retiring.