Thank you for a great visit yesterday!
It was fun watching the kids get into the books and your talk about writing them. Thank you again." -- Amy DeForrest
Library Media Specialist
Immaculate Conception St. Joseph School
Author Patrick McBriarty has visited public, private, and Montessori schools to talk with pre-K through High School students at schools such as:
Although, School Visits are focused on the Chicago-area, I am regularly traveling to combine several schools and library visits around the United States. To be added to the growing list of interested schools, booksellers, and libraries contact me to get something scheduled.
I do ask for an honorarium, which is negotiable, for any author visit to help cover the significant time beyond the classroom involved in scheduling, coordination, preparation of materials, and travel expenses.
Classroom presentations do not require any A/V equipment. Auditorium presentations benefit from a screen, projector, and microphone (helpful but not required). The general presentation options are listed below:
To contact email - Patrick@PTMWerks.com
I am most regularly asked to visit Pre-K - 3rd Grade classrooms to share the PTM Werks Series of children's books. These presentations are typically 25-30 minutes for 1 or more classes and explain that I really do live under a bridge -- and I bet they do too! Bridges are everywhere, used all around the world, and easily relatable, yet often overlooked. After a read aloud of Drawbridges Open and Close reveals how drawbridges work we share bridge experiences and I answer questions and including a little foreign language -- as bascule (as in bascule bridge) is French for "seesaw" and ponti is Latin for "bridge."
This presentation is flexible catering to the audience's grade-level(s) and works well with small or large groups (using a projector and screen) in classrooms, school libraries, a gym or auditorium. Visits can be scheduled for multiple sessions in various classrooms over the course of a school day to include the entire student body at most any school.
Each presentation also readily lends itself to a Workshop by adding 20-30 minutes at the end for the students to build their own bridges, airplanes, or trains. This is a great way for kids to use the concepts they learned and try out new ideas and designs.
As an author I love visiting schools to work with students of all ages:
It is exciting and fun to meet, and interact with kids to explore basic concepts and ideas, and share experiences.
Author School visits are a great way to promote reading, creating, writing, and learning.The PTM Werks Series of children's books provide entree to discussion of simple machines, geometry, math, design, art, construction, and so much more!!
Patrick McBriarty presents a strong male role model to encourage reading, writing, learning in general, AND discovery into how things work.
Introduce children to a real-live working author of not just children's books, but also non-fiction history on Chicago's bridges, and the co-producer of the documentary Chicago Drawbridges is inspirational for kids and adults!