Everett Attorney Michele Capone was recently appointed by Governor Baker to the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts State Library. Mrs. Capone will serve with three other appointed members and the President of the Massachusetts Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the Secretary of State, who serve as ex-officio trustees. The State Library was created by the Massachusetts General Court in 1826. It has been located at the State House since 1895.
Attorney Capone has extensive library experience. She served as the Chairperson and Vice Chairperson of the Everett Public Libraries for over seven years and has been a member of the Friends of the Everett Public Libraries for almost eighteen years. Mrs. Capone has served on the Shute Memorial Library Capital Campaign Committee and on the Everett Literacy Committee. Michele and her family support Reach Out and Read and she is a big supporter of free little libraries. Recently, she and her husband donated reading, coloring and learning materials to many local organizations. In addition, Attorney Capone’s law office has served as a past Technology Partner, helping the Everett Public Libraries meet the matching requirements of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grant to update public access computers.
Attorney Capone is a graduate of New England School of Law and is a partner with her husband, Fred, at the Law Offices of Capone & Capone. While attending law school, Michele served as Student Bar Association Class Representative and was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award for academic excellence in Constitutional Law. Mrs. Capone mentored Boston high school students and taught a weekly law class. Attorney Capone earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Boston College while working as a residential counselor for children with disabilities in Brookline. Before attending law school, Mrs. Capone completed the Women in Politics and Government Graduate Program at Boston College.
Attorney Capone is excited to continue her advocacy on behalf of public libraries at the state level. “The State House Library holds a special place in my heart. I spent many hours there while working as a legislative aide in the House of Representatives and later, as legal counsel in the State Senate. It was at the State House Library that I helped draft the state’s first hearing aid legislation, and worked to create stricter state sprinkler laws after the Station Night Club tragedy. I’m honored that Governor Baker appointed me as a trustee and that both he and Lieutenant Governor Polito conferred a citation upon me in recognition of my dedicated service on the Board of Trustees of the Everett Public Libraries and the Friends of the Everett Public Libraries.”