Need a break from the mundane? The Seattle Public Library offers "Thrilling Tales: A Story Time for Grown Ups" where you can laugh, gasp and shudder to live readings at noon and 7 p.m. on select Mondays of the month at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636.

Library programs are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage at the regular rates. Brown bag lunches and knitting are welcome.

This month's stories will include:

  • 12:05 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6 - "Something Short of Murder" by Henry Slesar. It was only a little recreational wagering – she loved to play the ponies. Couldn’t help herself. Then the bill came due.
  • 7 p.m. to 7:55 p.m. Monday, 13 – "End of the Day," by Jane Speed. "I swear, I'd lose my head if it wasn’t connected to my shoulders! Now where on earth did I put my husband?"
  • 12:05 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20 - "The Sweet Warm Earth" by Steven Popkes. The little old Italian man was truly a horse whisperer, and when he whispered the horses listened – and won!