Need a mid-day break? The Seattle Public Library offers "Thrilling Tales: A Storytime for Grown Ups" where you can laugh, gasp and shudder to live readings from 12:05 p.m. to 12:50 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. Doors open at 11:40 a.m. Stories start at 12:05 p.m. and are finished no later than 12:50 p.m.

This month's stories will include:

  • 12:05 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. Monday, May 7 – "To the Future" by Ray Bradbury. There’s nothing strange about getting away from it all with a trip to Mexico—unless you’re from another century, that is. Also, "Levitation" by Joseph Payne Brennan. The sideshow hypnotist astonished them all, but they haven’t seen anything yet.
  • 12:05 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. Monday, May 21 – "An Act of Vengeance" by Isabel Allende. He’d killed her father, and Dulce Rosa swore that someday she would have her revenge. That day has finally come. Also, "The Guide to Doom" by Ellis Peters. Right this way, watch your step going down—you won’t be coming back up.