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.

October's stories will include:

  • 12:05 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8 – "The Outhouse" by Ronald Kelly. Just some good old boys, having good plain fun knocking over the outhouse, little suspecting just what lay beneath. Also "The Secret of the City Cemetery" by Patrick Bone.
  • 12:05 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. Monday, 22 – "Blood Son" by Richard Matheson. They thought young Jules was crazy, but what’s so wrong with wanting to be a vampire when you grow up? Also, "The Estuary" by Margaret St. Clair. On stranger tides lie old rotting hulks, waiting for anyone foolish enough to board.
  • 7 p.m. to 7:55 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22 – "The Whole Town’s Sleeping" by Ray Bradbury. Walking home from the picture show, all the girls are terrified that they’ll be The Lonely One’s next victim, but in just a few more minutes, Lavinia will be safely home.

The Library believes that the power of knowledge improves people's lives. We promote literacy and a love of reading as we bring people, information and ideas together to enrich lives and build community.