2018 Social Activities

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Code4Lib 2018 Social Activities

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, Tuesday, February 13th

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 LibGuides alternatives spreadsheets documentation.

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


  • When: Tuesday, February 13th
  • Suggested Time: 6 PM or 6:30 PM (ish) or whenever you can get your group together, depending on where your group is coming from (off-site preconfs, travel, etc.)
  • Mastermind (if you have any questions): Becky Yoose


  • Max of 6 per group
    • Please, no waitlisting
    • Some restaurants can hold multiple groups of six. These are labeled with the “Can Seat Multiple Groups of Six” in the restaurant listing.
  • 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
        • Booking reservations as soon as possible is highly recommended due to two major holidays converging on Tuesday evening (Shrove Tuesday aka Mardi Gras and pre-Valentine’s Day events).
      • 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 Tuesday evening.

NB! Many of this year's Newcomer Dinner options are not close to the convention hotel. You will most likely be relying on public transportation, taxis, or ride-sharing services to get to your destination. Please plan accordingly.

Restaurant list, sign ups, and transportation information now available!

#LibTechWomen Meet-Up, Wednesday, February 14th

  • When: Wednesday 2/14/18, 6 pm - 8 pm
  • Where: Marquee Bar and Lounge at the Omni Shoreham (Conference hotel)
  • Questions: Contact Bohyun Kim - @bohyunkim in Twitter/Slack/IRC or Becky Yoose - @yo_bj in Twitter/Slack/IRC
  • Food and beverages are available for purchase at the Marquee
  • Afterwards some of us will go to Game Night!

LibTechWomen is a supportive space for women and their friends to network, develop skills, build confidence, and lead positive change. Are you a lurker? Are you a newcomer? All are welcome! Come meet wonderful colleagues in library technology!

Game Night, Wednesday, February 14th

  • When: Wednesday 2/14/18, 7 pm - 10 pm
  • Where: The Board Room, 1737 Connecticut Avenue NW WDC 20009
  • How to get there: Metro Red Line to Dupont Circle Station; .9 mile walk from the conference hotel

Play games? Come join fellow code4libers in a few board or card games at The Board Room! We have the second floor to ourselves, as well as unlimited access to the games library. We can bring our own games as well - see the sign up list below to list any games you might bring with you.

Additional notes about the venue:

  • Accessibility - The Board Room has elevator access to the second floor, as well as no steps to entryway into the establishment. Accessible bathrooms are on the first floor. Please be aware that noise levels on the second floor will be moderate - the second floor overlooks the first floor, and there is not much in the way of sound buffering.
  • Food and Drink - Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are available to purchase in the venue; however, you will need to bring your own food! The Board Room has some recommendations for a few local restaurants that deliver on their website. The venue will be handling checks separately, so no need to worry about splitting bills.
  • Children - The Board Room is a 21 and over establishment. I asked for clarification about babies (in case one of you has one in tow) and got a written confirmation that they will allow for babies at the gathering. Unfortunately, outside of that, we cannot admit children to the venue.

If you plan to bring something to play or share, please sign up below!

List of Games

  • game title, who will bring it, any other info about the game
    • Secret Hitler - FrozenSolid - 5-10 players. Social deduction game about passing liberal and fascist policies while trying to figure out who the fascists are.
    • Ex Libris - FrozenSolid - 1-4 players. In Ex Libris, you are a collector of rare and valuable books in a thriving gnomish village.
    • Gallerist - FrozenSolid - 1-4 players. Combining the elements of an Art dealer, museum curator, and Artists’ manager, you are about to take on that job!
    • Race for the Galaxy - JaredC - 2-4 players (30-60 min). Build galactic civilizations by playing game cards in front of you representing worlds or technical and social developments.
    • Star Trek Ascendancy - JaredC - 2-5 players (3-4 hours). Embrace the nerdom. All the expansions are available (Borg, Ferengi, Cardassian). I'll bring only if I know someone wants to play (it's rather heavy, but spectacularly fun), so contact jared.cowing@woodbury.edu if you want to try.
    • Polarity (The Game) - dkinzer - 1-4 players (15-30 min). Uses the fundamental principles of magnetism to create a tough, but absorbing game.
    • Potato Pirates - Bmagic - 3-6 players (20-40 min). Learn basic coding concepts while trying to sink your opponents spuds (light card game).
    • Welcome to the Dungeon - Bmagic - 2-4 players (30 min). Press your luck game and see if you can defeat the monsters in the dungeon (light card game).
    • Hanabi - Bmagic - 2-5 players (30 min). Psychological mind reading with limited information to cooperatively win.
    • Set - KellyR - no limit to players. Identify sets of 3 cards that fit a rule set. Find order in the chaos!

Conference Reception, Thursday, February 15th

Enjoy several of the Library's galleries and spaces while getting a chance to meet other attendees outside of the conference room. Light hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be provided. More information about what exhibits will be open, as well as transportation and security information, can be found on the Code4Lib website.

Social Map - Places of Interest

For a visual-ish view of recommended food, drink, and activities in DC, please visit this awesome Google Map.

Ideas, Local Event Outings, and More!

Looking for something to do outside of what's listed above? We have a Google Doc for that! The DIY Events document has a variety of ideas to choose from, or you can add your own. You can also use this document to organize outings in one central place!

Local Food and Drink

A more visual list of food and drink places can be found on the Google Map.

Ash Wednesday Services

For those who wish to observe Ash Wednesday, below is a selection of churches near the conference hotel that will be holding services on that day. This list will be updated as more services are confirmed.

Lunar New Year Events

If you are staying for the weekend, come celebrate the Year of the Dog with others in DC. Feel free to add additional events below.

Getting Around

All info on getting to the hotel is on the conference website: http://2018.code4lib.org/general-info/venues/