Shark Week 2024

This week, from July 7 to July 13, is Shark Week. When you think of sharks, you probably think of humongous Great Whites and their intimidating teeth. 

Most people know Shark Week because of the Discovery Channel, who broadcasts high-octane shark content all week long. Sharks are certainly one of the most intimidating sea creatures, but during Shark Week, it's important to remember that sharks are an important part of our ecosystem and that there are many important conservation efforts to protect several shark species.

Sharks have been on Earth for more than 450 millions years! Some of the oldest known shark fossils were toothless, suggesting that early sharks may not have had the fearsome chompers we recognize today. The oldest shark-like teeth that have been found date back to about 410 million years ago. 

Today, there are more than 1000 species of sharks and rays, who are closely related to sharks. Due to overfishing and threats to their habitats, many shark and ray populations are in decline. 

Looking to learn more about sharks? YPL is your one-stop-shop for shark-themed fun.

Books & More!

You can always browse our online catalog or ask a librarian for some reading recommendations. You can also download ebooks and audiobooks immediately on Hoopla! You can also browse Gale in Context for elementary school and middle school students for articles chock full of fun facts for eager learners.

Library Programs

Join us next week for some shark-based programs! Young ones can join us on Monday, July 15 at 1:30 PM at the Riverfront Library for a Baby Shark Craft. On Thursday, July 18 at 2:00 PM, you can visit the Riverfront Library to learn more about Shark Awareness Day

Museum Passes

Maybe you prefer learning about the environment on dry land. Never fear, museum passes are here for you! Check out our museum passes to the Greenburgh Nature Center or the Hudson River Museum and learn about animals and ecosystems close to home! 

Alison Robles is a Part-Time Junior Clerk at the Crestwood Library. She is an avid reader with a passion for YA lit, historical fiction and fantasy. A Yonkers native, she is currently pursuing an MS in Information and Library Science from the University at Buffalo.

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