Presidential Podium Video Challenge

Kids Can Be President for a Day (Or at Least a Minute)

Child at podiumOn President's Day (Monday, February 20, 2017), the Library of Congress is hosting an open house in The Young Readers Center (YRC) to honor our past presidents. During the event, kids will have a chance to give their presidential remarks from the YRC Presidential Podium.

Of course, we know that everyone can't make it to the Library in Washington, D.C. this February, so we're taking the Presidential Podium digital.

Kids in grades K-12 who record a one-minute video answering the presidential "speaking prompt" will have a chance for their video to be selected to be aired at the YRC President's Day Open House and here on

By participating you agree that the Library of Congress can show your video on its premises, including the Young Readers Center, and post it on its website at

What to do:

(see full instructions under Kids page)

  • Record your presidential remarks
  • Upload to YouTube
  • Email the link to [email protected]
  • Submit by February 15, 2017

Make Your Own Presidential Podium

Download the official YRC Presidential Podium Seal

Contact the Young Readers Center

202-707-1950 | [email protected]

Young Readers Center
Thomas Jefferson Building
Room LJ G29 (ground floor)
10 First St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20540

Monday through Saturday
9 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.
(closed all federal holidays)