Miranda: More than Words

Law Day Flyer

In 1966, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the conviction of Ernesto Miranda on kidnapping and rape charges because he was not informed of his rights during his arrest, making his written and signed confession null and void. Learn about this iconic case, Miranda v. Arizona, during Law Day 2016 – “Miranda: More than Words,” May 2, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Arizona Capitol Museum, Historic Supreme Courtroom, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix. Admission is free.

Items from the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records and the Phoenix Police Museum will be on display in the courtroom where arguments were heard before the Arizona Supreme Court. The exhibit contains displays from the investigation and local trials, including a copy of Miranda’s signed confession.

The verdict in the Miranda v. Arizona case had a profound effect on law enforcement in the arrest and questioning of defendants; ultimately creating the Miranda Warning recited to suspects by law enforcement officials:
You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you. Do you understand the rights I have just read to you? With these rights in mind, do you wish to speak to me?

A day-long speaker series in the State Library of Arizona Marguerite B. Cooley Reading Room, one floor above the Historic Supreme Courtroom will include:

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The Miranda Case
Arizona Court of Appeals Judge Maurice Portley

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

How the Fifth Amendment Protects All of Us
Robert McWhirter, JD

2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

The Miranda Case
Ret. Capt. Carroll Cooley, Phoenix Police Department arresting officer in the Miranda case

Date: Monday, May 2, 2016

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.


National Bookmobile Day!

Today is National Bookmobile Day! Celebrate the day with this entry of Bookmobile Notes from the  July 1961 Road Runner, the newsletter of the State Library’s extension service.


Collage courtesy Wendi Goen

Bookmobile Notes

The last two weeks in June your Bookmobile got a well earned rest (20,000 miles since January 1) while the Librarian took a busman’s holiday. The trip to Colorado was nice and cool, and it was nice to see old friends and haunts of younger years, but it is nice to be back with the many friends of the Bookmobile service.

Our circulation showed somewhat of a decrease with the closing of the schools for the Summer vacation, but now that the midsummer boredom is setting in, we are showing almost normal circulation . One would think that the youngsters would go in for light fiction during this hot season, but such is not the case. It strains our shelves as well as the springs trying to keep enough information about rockets, atoms, and other timely subjects available for them. During the fiscal year just past, the youngsters checked out 3,076 non-fiction books, but with the start that has been made this summer on non-fiction this figure could well be doubled during this year . It seems that not all of the youngsters
are standing around on the street corners looking for trouble to come along, or out drag racing on the streets and highways.

The adults are every bit as enthusiastic as the youngsters about the service. We welcome many new adults on each trip. Among our newest patrons are the rangers and their families at the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest national monuments.

To read more: http://azmemory.azlibrary.gov/cdm/ref/collection/statepubs/id/22172

Libraries and Learning

Pew Research Center just released the results of their survey on Americans, Libraries, and Learning. Did you know that 76% of adults say libraries serve the learning and educational needs of their communities either “very well” (37%) or “pretty well” (39%)? To learn more, check out the survey:


Intellectual Property IS a Business Strategy


Join us this Saturday, April 9th from 1 p.m.-2 p.m. at Scottsdale Public Library’s Eureka Loft to learn about intellectual property as a business strategy!

  • Overview of the types of intellectual property
  • Why startups should consider protecting IP
  • The resources available from the USPTO

Presented by John Cabeca, Director of the Silicon Valley United States Patent and Trademark Office.

For more info, click the link below: