I’m Vernitra, and I am a writer, aspiring violist, and children’s librarian in Houston, Texas with a deep love for books, Old Hollywood, and delicious food. I have always loved writing and making up stories, and I currently have a few writing projects on the boil. Here on my site, I share my adventures in reading, writing, movie-watching, and learning how to play the viola again (after not having played regularly for since high school–over 18 years ago). I’ve been a foodie since 1982, so I definitely like to throw some occasional food love into the mix as well. I enjoy things that are entertaining and inspiring. Hopefully, my site will offer some of those things to you. If you have similar tastes, stay tuned…
I was born in 1982 in Houston, Texas, and I grew up in the suburbs of Missouri City, TX, in the Greater Houston area. In 2004, After graduating with a degree in history from the University of Texas at Austin, I headed to New York City where I worked as an MTV intern, going to “work” at the Viacom building in Times Square everyday to write episode summaries and promotional copy for MTV shows such as “Laguna Beach,” “Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica,” “MTV Cribs,” “Pimp My Ride,” and “TRL” for MTV.com. After that experience, I moved back to Texas, got a teaching certificate, and worked as a second-grade teacher for Pearland Independent School District in the Houston area. After that school year, I ventured to Los Angeles, where I worked a brief stint as a production assistant at Don Mischer Productions—a fun job that had me cruising the streets of Hollywood and Beverly Hills, running errands and delivering packages.
After my Hollywood adventure, I returned to Texas and earned a master’s degree in library science from the University of North Texas. In 2011, I became a children’s librarian for the Fort Bend County Library system in the Houston area. In 2014, I returned to the classroom to teach first grade in the Houston Independent School District and then third grade in the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District. In the summer of 2016, I moved to New York City where I worked as a children’s librarian for The New York Public Library, at the historic Countee Cullen Library in the heart of Central Harlem. I had so much fun working there, and I met so many great people.
Now, I am back in Houston where I currently work as a children’s librarian at a wonderful public library. At work, I spend my days preparing and presenting storytime programs for preschoolers, toddlers, and babies, putting on programs for school-age children, and assisting people of all ages at the reference desk. My job is pretty fun, and I get to interact with all kinds of interesting and wonderful people every day.