"Thrilling Tales: A Story Time for Grown-ups" is comprised of gripping short stories for a grown-up audience that are expertly read aloud from 12:05 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. on select Mondays of the month at The Seattle Public Library, 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. Doors open at 11:40 a.m. Stories start at 12:05 p.m. and are finished no later than 12:50 p.m.


  • 12:05 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9 - "The Star" by H.G. Wells. It was New Year's Day when the star first appeared in the sky. Many found it beautiful, and presumed it to be a blessing or good omen. The astronomers knew better.

  • 12:05 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. Monday, Jan.  23 - "Burning End," by Ruth Rendell. A woman's work is never done. Linda slaved away every day to take care of her mother-in-law with nothing but contempt in return, but there was one thing she would never, ever do.