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.

Recently, we launched the program Thrilling Tales After Dark. Love a good story, but can't make our popular lunch hour story time for grownups? Now, by popular demand, we have Thrilling Tales at night! Come to the scene of the crime, the edge of adventure and timeless realms of wonder. Sit back, relax and escape from the everyday as we bring you gripping short stories expertly read—and well-calculated to keep you in suspense.

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, July 9 – "Man With the Iron Arm" by Elmore Leonard. When he lost his arm, John Lefton reckoned he might just as well have lost his life. Then a bad man rode into town, and convinced him otherwise.
  • 12:05 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. Monday, July 23 – "Betrayal" by Joyce Carol Oates. Young college graduates often reject their parents, but black sheep Rickie is carrying rebellion to a whole new level.
  • 7 p.m. to 7:55 p.m. Monday, July 23 – "Dying Room Only" by Richard Matheson. On a hot desert highway, a last chance café becomes exactly that for an unsuspecting couple. Roadside terror, from a master.