2014 Social Activities

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The Social Activities Group is working on several events and social opportunities for after conference hours. We will be adding more events as they come along. Watch this page!

Also, if you find a cool event to go to, and want to share the wealth with others, feel free to add the event to the page. :)

Planned Events

Newcomer Dinner, Monday 3/24

First time at code4lib? Join fellow c4l newbies and veterans for an evening of food, socializing, and stimulating discussions about demonstrations of the many uses of bacon XML EZProxy alternatives.

Code4Lib veterans, you're invited too. Join us in welcoming the newcomers!


  • When: Monday 3/24
  • Time: 6 PM (ish) or whenever you can get your group together
  • Mastermind (if you have any questions): Becky Yoose


  • Max of 6 per group
    • Please, no waitlisting
    • Some restaurants can hold multiple groups of six. It is up to you to investigate the venue to see if this is possible.
  • ID yourselves so we can get a good mix of new people and veterans in each group
    • New folks - n
    • c4l vets - v
  • One leader needed for each location (declare yourself! - Vets are highly encouraged to lead the group)
    • Leader duties
      • Make reservations if required; otherwise make sure that the restaurant can handle a group of 6 rowdy library tech type folks
      • Herd folks from hotel to restaurant (know where you're going!)
  • See a restaurant that's not listed? Feel free to add one, but please make sure that it is open that Monday evening.


Under .5 mile from hotel

bu ku (Global street food)

  1. Bohyun Kim - v (leader) Reservation at 6:15; Meet at the hotel lobby 2nd fl b/w the coffee bar and the entrance at 6pm (Twitter: @bohyunkim if u need to get in touch)
  2. Junior Tidal - n
  3. Brian Rogers - n
  4. Vanessa Lucas - n
  5. Ashley Blewer - n
  6. Paula Gray-Overtoom - v
  7. Full group!

The Oxford (Gastropub)

  1. Roy Tennant - v (leader) 6:30 reservation set - please email roytennant on Google mail to provide contact info
  2. David Bass - n
  3. Dan Moore - n
  4. Jack Reed - n
  5. Sean Hendricks - n
  6. Lauren Magnuson -v (ish - only been once before)
  7. Full group!
  1. Darren Hardy - n (second table) at 6:30pm. Meet in hotel lobby at 6:15.
  2. Hui Zhang - n
  3. Trey Terrell - v (Once)
  4. Mark Redar - v (Once)
  5. Full group

Sono (Japanese)

  1. Ryan Wick - v (leader) - Reservations made at 6:30. Meet in hotel lobby at 6:15 email: ryanwick@gmail
  2. Paul Ruderman - n
  3. Sharon Clapp - v
  4. Robin Dean - v
  5. Tommy Ingulfsen - n
  6. Stephen Patton - n
  7. Full group!

La Volta (Italian)

Poole's (Local food)

  1. Jean Rainwater - v (leader) - they don't take reservations - email me contact info at Jean_Rainwater-at-brown-dot-edu Meet at Fayetteville St. door in lobby at 6:15
  2. Cynthia (Arty) Ng
  3. Catelynne Sahadath -n
  4. Maura Carbone -n
  5. Kate Hill -n
  6. Martin Haye - v (twice at c4l)
  7. Full group!

Calavera Empanada & Tequila Bar (Empanada)

The Big Easy (New Orleans/Creole)

  1. Robert Haschart - v (leader) Reservations for 6 people at 6:30pm. email me contact info at rh9ec-at-virginia-dot-edu
  2. Xiaoming Wang
  3. Michael Durbin - v
  4. Sue Richeson -n
  5. Ed Fugikawa -n
  6. Tao You - n
  7. full group!

Posta Tuscan Grille (Italian)

  1. Julia Bauder - v (leader) Reservations for 6 people at 6:15pm. Please e-mail me your contact info at bauderj-at-grinnell-dot-edu)
  2. Brian Riley - n
  3. Mark Mounts - v
  4. Birkin James Diana - v
  5. Walter Stine - n
  6. Michael Levy - v(ish; I attended once, in 2011)
  7. Full group!

The Mecca (Diner/Southern)

Busy Bee Cafe (American)

  1. Ken Varnum - v (leader) -- reservation for 6 people at 6:15. Send me your contact info at varnum umich edu.
  2. Josh Wilson - v(ish, as in: once)
  3. Kristen Wilson - n
  4. Michael Blake - n
  5. Zahra Ashktorab - n (I'm landing later that evening and will join if you are still out at around 8:30/9)
  6. Wendy Hagenmaier - n
  7. Tom Burton-West -v
  8. Full group! (I'll take 7 names, since one of us will be joining us later if we're still there)

Beasley's Chicken + Honey (Southern)

Group 1

  1. Rosalyn Metz - v (leader)
  2. Chad Nelson - v (insubordinator)
  3. Andrew Pasterfield - v
  4. Aaron Coburn - n
  5. Arcadia Falcone -n
  6. Mike Beccaria - v
  7. Full group!

Group 2 -- MEET in Sheraton Lobby in front of Reception at 6:00pm

  1. Matt Zumwalt - v (leader) -- @flyingzumwalt on twitter
  2. Chris Sharp - v
  3. Joe Ferrie - n
  4. Logan Cox - n
  5. Jerry Nugent - n
  6. Joe Atzberger - v
  7. Full group!

Chuck's (Burgers)

Oro (Tapas vegan options)

Jimmy V's Osteria and Bar (Italian)

Bida Manda (Laotian)

  1. Dre - v (leader) -- Reservations at 6:15, meet at hotel lobby at 5:45. No, it won't take us half an hour to get there. Dre looks like this handsome fella. My e-mail address is on that page if you'd like to exchange contact info.
  2. Heather Rayl - n
  3. Ranti Junus - v
  4. Jennifer Kishi - n
  5. Nabil Kashyap - n
  6. Laura Wrubel - n
  7. Full group!

Sitti (Lebanese) - Meet in the hotel lobby (1st floor Salisbury St entrance) at 6 pm; look for the short woman in the big brown hat

  1. Becky Yoose - v (benevolent dictator/leader) contact me at b.yoose at the google machine in case you might run late
  2. Michael Gibney - n
  3. Steven Holloway - n
  4. Jeffrey Mudge - n
  5. Arie Nugraha - n
  6. Lisa Rabey - n
  7. Full group!

The Pit Authentic Barbecue (BBQ)

Group 1

  1. Joshua Gomez - v (leader) (I have reservations for 6 people at 6pm. Send me your contact info: gomezjn_AT_usc_DOT_edu)
  2. Andrew Darby - v
  3. Tammy Allgood Wolf - n
  4. Jim LeFager - n
  5. Michael Daul - n
  6. Natasha Nunn - n
  7. Full group!

Group 2 (Can we keep this mostly newbies, please?) - Reservations at 6:15 PM; depart hotel 2nd floor at 6 PM

  1. Mx Matienzo - v (leader - look for me in the bright blue puffy coat)
  2. Cary Gordon - v
  3. Mark Breedlove - n
  4. Coral Sheldon-Hess - n (pumpkin cornbread!?!?!)
  5. Violeta Ilik
  6. Robin Taylor - n
  7. Full group!

Group 3 (I have reservations for 6 people at 6pm. Send me your contact info: justin@curationexperts.com)

  1. Justin Coyne - v (leader)
  2. Rachel Vacek- n
  3. Devin Higgins - n
  4. John Rees - n
  5. Andrew Gordon - n
  6. Bobbi Fox -v
  7. Full group!

Group 4 (Riley made reservations for 6:15)

  1. Jon Stroop - v (leader, but Riley did the work. Contact: jpstroop@gmail.com)
  2. Riley Childs - n
  3. David Lacy - v
  4. Shaun Ellis - v
  5. William Hicks
  6. Eleanor Dickson - n
  7. Full group!

Group V (Declan made reservations for 6 at 6p. Contact: declan@declan.net We'll leave the lobby at 5:45 and saunter over to The Pit.)

  1. Declan Fleming - v (leader)
  2. Mike Giarlo - v
  3. Carolina Garcia - v
  4. Jefferson Bailey - n
  5. Laura Akerman - n
  6. Lauren Work - n
  7. Full group!

Gravy (Italian)

The Borough (Pub)

The Remedy Diner (Diner (lots of Veg*n options))

  1. Erin White - v (leader) - meet at the LINK (second floor Sheraton, computerz, fancy chairs) at 6 p.m. The Remedy doesn't take reservations so there may be a wait.
  2. Linda Ballinger - v(ish)
  3. Terry Brady - v (been one other time)
  4. Eric James - v
  5. Jenny Gubernick - n
  6. Laurie Moses - n (attended 1 time)

Centro (Mexican)

Flying Saucer (Pub)

Brewmasters Bar and Grill (Brewpub)

  1. Esmé Cowles - v (leader) - meet in the lobby at 6 (Brewmasters doesn't take reservations, so we may have to have a beer before dinner)
  2. Christina Salazar - v/n
  3. Francis Kayiwa - v (follower)
  4. Megan Kudzia - v
  5. Zahra Ashktorab - n
  6. David Drexler - v (ish)
  7. Full group!

The Raleigh Times (Barfood with good beer)

  1. Jason Raitz - v (leader) Meet in the lobby (glasses, beard, green shirt, tan pants) around 6:15 to walk over. email jason.raitz @ the gmails for more info.
  2. Dave Menninger - v (once before)
  3. Blake GH - n
  4. Tim Clarke - v (once)
  5. Adam Malantonio - n
  6. Shelley Hostetler - n
  7. Full group!

.5 to 1 mile from hotel

518 West Italian Cafe (Italian)

Boylan Bridge Brewpub (Brewpub)

  1. Carolyn Cole v (leader) We will meet in in the 1st floor lobby around 5:30ish and walk over (its about a 20 minute walk). If you are not meeting us in the lobby let me know so we do not wait for you (cam156 at psu)
  2. Justin Simpson - n
  3. Christian Sarason - v (3rd times a charm?)
  4. Scott Bacon - n
  5. Andy Weidner - n
  6. David Malone - n (ish)
  7. Full group!

Mantra (Indian)

Sushi O (Asian)

Zaky Restaurant (Mediterranean)

Sullivan's Steakhouse (Steak)

Bia (New American)

18 Seaboard (Contemporary American)

Sushi Blues Cafe (Japanese)

Rockford (American)

Tyler's Restaurant and Taproom (Pub)

Blue Mango (Indian)

Mellow Mushroom (Pizza)

Tasca Brava (Spanish)

Clockwork (Pub)

Dos Taquitos (Mexican)

Napper Tandy's Irish Pub (Pub)

Thaiphoon bistro (Thai)

More than 1 mile from hotel

Peace China (Chinese)

Davids Dumpling and Noodle Bar (Asian)

Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant (Ethiopian)

James B. Hunt Library Reception and Tour, Tuesday 3/25

A reception and tour of the James B. Hunt Library on NCSU's Centennial Campus will take place on Tuesday, March 25, 5:00-7:30 PM. The library, which opened in January 2013, was recently winner of the Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries, and has been recognized for it's advanced technology and hi-tech spaces. See the library through the eyes of the students in the over 3,000 Instagram photos in the My #HuntLibrary project. The furniture alone has generated interest, as shown on the Chairs of Hunt Library Tumbler site.

Note: Tickets are not required to attend the tour and reception, however please wear your name badges so that we can control access to food and drink.

Travel to Hunt

Buses will begin loading at the Salisbury St. side (lower level) of the Sheraton at 5:00 PM after the day's sessions have concluded. The last bus will leave the Sheraton at 5:45 PM, but attendees are encouraged to join the earlier buses if possible. Please note that the Hunt Library is 4 miles from the Sheraton and is not directly accessible via public transit from downtown.


Pizza (vegan, vegetarian, meat), nuts, and salads will be made available in the Multipurpose Room, along with soft drinks, and beer from the NC State Brewery. Food and drink will be available until around 7:00 PM. Tickets are not required for food or drink.


Attendees will be welcome to embark on a self-guided tour of the library. Library staff will be on hand at selected locations, including hi-tech spaces such as the bookBot robotic book delivery system, the iPearl Immersion Theater, the Teaching & Visualization Lab, the Creativity Studio, the Game Lab, and the Makerspace.

Travel back to the Sheraton

Buses will begin to load for the return trip at 6:45 PM. The last bus will leave the Hunt Library at approximately 7:30 PM.

#libtechwomen meetup, Tuesday 3/25

An informal meetup for women and their friends in library technology for networking and fun. Come join us! Learn more about #libtechwomen at [1].

Where: The Raleigh Times Bar 14 E Hargett St Raleigh, NC 27601. 7 minute walk from the Sheraton.

When: Evening after the tour :c) (Starting at 730P on)

Cost: No drink minimum.

Contact: Lisa Rabey @pnkrcklibrarian

Signup: Everyone welcome. Just show up!

A/V Geeks Present: When Computers Were Young, Wednesday 3/26

A/V Geeks maintains a collection of over 23,000 old 16mm educational films from various decades of the 20th century, including such classics as The Library Story (1952), many obtained from school and government auctions. Media archaeologist Skip Elsheimer holds themed showings of selected films at events around the Triangle and in other states.

This event, When Computers Were Young, will include "Actual 16mm school films that introduce us to the wonderful world of computers and their potential future -- all before Google!" Films will include Disney's Ethics in the Computer Age and more. This showing is an all ages, public event that is part of a series of monthly shows held at Kings Barcade, but the event has been scheduled and themed with the Code4Lib crowd in mind.

When: Doors open at 7:30 PM. Show starts probably closer to 8:00 and will involve a number of shorter films. People can come and go as they please.

Where: Located two blocks from the Sheraton, Kings is a 250-capacity live music venue with a full bar and several local beers on tap. Kings is directly connected with the Neptunes Parlour, a cocktail lounge with classic arcade games, pinball, and nightly DJ's. The new Garland Indian restaurant, operated by the same owners, is also downstairs. The entrance to Kings and Neptunes is just past the "Garland" sign if you turn west down Martin St. (past the Subway on Fayetteville St.) and look right. Kings is upstairs and Neptunes is downstairs.

Cost: The event is free with a suggested $5 donation.

Signup: Please add your name to the sign up list if you are interested in attending so that we can inform the organizers about the level of interest

Library Tech Cast Round table: Wednesday Evening CANCELED

The Library Tech Cast will be hosting a live Round table somewhere at the Sheraton, we are looking for about 5 people who would be interested. Our Topics can be anything you want, feel free to speak your mind!

See http://librarytechcast.com/c4l-showfor details!

Please contact Riley@LibraryTechCast.com if you have any questions!

Location: Somewhere (Meet by the Reg Table)

Time: Around 6PM (Maybe a little before)

Signup: Please put your Name and Email Address Below! Canceled due to Lack of Intreset

  • Riley Childs, Riley@TFSGEO.com

Game Night: Wednesday Evening

Game Night is another alternative option for Wednesday evening socializing. Conference goers are welcome to bring their own games from home. Games should probably be of the shorter variety (<2 hours) to allow new players to learn and finish games.

Where: Magnolia 2

When: Wednesday Evening from 6 to at least 10

Signup: None. Just show up or leave as you please. There will be 4 tables with 8 chairs each.

Food: Bring your own food/drinks. All alcoholic drinks must be bought at the bar.

Fun: Absolutely

Jason Raitz (jcraitz @ ncsu) for questions to direct to the hotel.

Games! Who's bringing what:

Social Map - Places of Interest

Code4Lib 2014 Amenities Map, Downtown Raleigh, NC - Amenities that are within walking distance of the Sheraton or the R Line circulator

New York Times: 36 Hours in Raleigh NC (March 6, 2014)


Add your own ideas here

Game Night

Update: We've secured Wednesday night in Magnolia 2! I'm adding this as a planned event above.

I can bring some board games if people are interested. I have a decent collection. Let me know via email at vacekrae on gmail. +

  • I'll be bringing a few board games that I normally take to my weekly library game nights. Some of collaborative and are great facilitators for conversation (Flash Point, Pandemic). - Dan, danmoore1987 on gmail.

Trolley Pub

14 person pedal-powered trolleys. Can be booked for pub crawls in downtown or in the Warehouse District. BYOB allowed. Private tours for 8-14 people can be booked for $350 for two hour time slots between 11:00 AM and midnight. Smaller groups of 1-6 people can also buy 'Mixer' tickets for $30 (shared trolley).

Note: with weather being what it might be and the money required, this might not be a good idea now. --J. Raitz @ NCSU

Brewpub Walk

Three brewpubs can be found along a 1.2 mile walk through the Warehouse District west from the Sheraton. NOTE: Trophy Brewing, the westernmost brewpub, has great pizza but limited seating. To finish with dinner, go in smaller numbers if eating at Trophy, or go around the corner to Irregardless Cafe, which has veg*n options. Alternatively, start at Trophy and go the opposite direction and eat in the Warehouse District or downtown where there are many dining options.

NCAA Tournament Game at PNC Arena

Third Round Division I Men's basketball game, Sunday March 23. If anyone else is crazy enough to pay the money for tickets email rosalynmetz [at] the gmail

Local Events

Map of downtown arts and cultural entertainment

Calendar of downtown events

Map of downtown shopping

Exhibits, Showings, Museums

Outside Activities

Run Clubs

Monday Night

  • Nog Run Club - 6:00 PM at Tir Na Nog Irish Pub: 3-5 mile routes, followed by team trivia, $1 pasta, and beer specials

Tuesday Night

Wednesday Night

  • Margarita Run Club - 6:00 PM at Centro restaurant: 3-5 mile routes followed by taco bar and margarita specials
  • Trophy Brewery Runs - 6:00 PM at Trophy Brewing: 1, 3, 5 mile routes

Local Food

Map of Downtown Restaurants & Dining


News & Observer 2014 Best Restaurants of the Triangle

Indy Weekly Triangle Dining Guide

Fayetteville St. District (0-0.4 miles north)

Moore Square (0.3-0.5 miles east)

Warehouse District (0.2-0.7 miles west)

Glenwood South (0.6-1.3 miles northwest)

Seaboard Station/Person St. (1.0-1.2 miles north)

West towards NC State (1.2-2.2 miles west)

Five Points (2.5 miles north)

Other Inside-the-Beltline Raleigh



There is a Starbucks in the lobby of the Marriott, next to the Sheraton.

Local Drinks

Map of Bars, Clubs & Live Entertainment


Fayetteville St. District

Moore Square

Warehouse District

Glenwood South

Seaboard Station/Person St.

Best places for groups to watch NCAA Championship Games


Map of NC Breweries

Walking Distance

Possible brewpub walking tour [NOTE: Trophy has great pizza but limited seating. To finish with dinner consider going the opposite direction and eating in the Warehouse District or downtown]

Greater Raleigh

Greater Triangle

Other nanobrews: Sub Noir Brewing (Raleigh), StarPoint Brewing (Carrboro), Ponysaurus (Durham), Sourwood Brewing Company - Cider (Durham)

Bottle Shops

Raleigh Events March 23-27

Merge Records 25k (March 22) Chapel Hill to Durham run, with post race party and bands at Motorco music hall (celebrating 25th year of Merge Records label)

Sunday March 23

Monday March 24

Tuesday, March 25

Wednesday, March 26

Thursday, March 27

Live Music

Sunday March 23

Monday March 24

Tuesday March 25

Wednesday March 26

Thursday March 27

More Music Venues in the Greater Triangle

Getting Around

R-Line Downtown Circulator

Free circulator bus that connects downtown districts (see map). Buses run every 10-15 minutes and can be tracked on the R-Line mobile application.

Capital Area Transit

The CAT bus system covers the Greater Raleigh area.

Triangle Transit

The TTA bus system provides transportation to Chapel/Carrboro, Durham and other points across the Triangle region. The TTA routes complement CAT routes to West Raleigh locations such as NC State.


Raleigh Rickshaw and Crank Arm Rickshaw provide on call or on street pickup. Since January has decided to stick around through late March the rickshaws may not be out on the streets much however.