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Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Patrick T. McBriarty  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Children;


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Illinois Connection

McBriarty is a resident of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

McBriarty is a writer and creative producer based in Chicago. His first book was the three-time, award-winning history ''Chicago River Bridges'', which has been praised as entertaining, interesting, and accessible to most anyone interested in Chicago or Chicago history. It was the basis for the PBS documentary ''Chicago Drawbridges'', which he co-produced with filmmaker Stephen Hatch and was broadcast on Chicago and Milwaukee Public Television.


'Drawbridges Open and Close '

ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2017

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Airplanes take off and land /
ISBN: 1941216048. OCLC Number: 889647714

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Experience a day in the life of Pilot Stacey and her nephew Little Harry as they take a flight aboard Crow-Flies Airline flight #6. You will learn, along with Little Harry, all about the inner workings of the airplane, and the many individual steps every pilot goes through before taking off and landing.

Chicago River bridges
ISBN: 9780252037863. OCLC Number: 891400010

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McBriarty presents the untold history and development of Chicago's iconic bridges, from the first wood footbridge built by a tavern owner in 1832 to the fantastic marvels of steel, concrete, and machinery of today. It is the story of Chicago as seen through its bridges, for it has been the bridges that proved critical in connecting and reconnecting the people, industry, and neighborhoods of a city that is constantly remaking itself.

City railways :
ISBN: 1941216145. OCLC Number: 936349530

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Join Sammy Hedgehog to learn about the Crosstown subway and elevated trains.

Drawbridges open and close /
ISBN: 1941216021. OCLC Number: 881041288

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Experience a day in the life of Bridge Tender Todd and his sidekick Ponticat to learn about the inner workings and individual steps of opening and closing a drawbridge. As the animal characters go about their day, see how the Narrows Drawbridge of the busy town is shared by a variety of fanciful characters, watercraft, and vehicles.