William S. Sandel Mighty Readers

Spring 2016

The WSES library is here EVERYDAY to support YOU.

We can help...


  • create collaborative lessons that utilize the library space and resources.
  • create resource guides for any topic you can think of.
  • teach information literacy and research skills.
  • teach effective use of technology.
  • support your curricular needs by finding cool resources, apps, and other technology.
  • support student interest in reading through reader advisory and book talks.
  • We can help with just about anything, and all you need to do is ask!

Nationally Recognized Artist to Paint Mural at Sandel Elementary

Sandel Elementary will hold a grand unveiling of a 20 foot long mural painted by nationally recognized artist and Richland One graduate Tripp Derrick Barnes on Thursday, April 21 at 1:30 p.m. Tripp, who now lives in New York City, has painted portraits for celebrities like movie star Mathew McConaughey, football player Drew Brees and rapper Ja Rule. He also has been featured on Good Morning America and other national media. Prior to receiving critical acclaim, he graduated from A.C. Flora High School.


How did this collaboration with Sandel get started? After viewing a local news story about Tripp, Sandel librarian Travis Nelson contacted the artist and asked him if he would be interested in painting a mural in the Sandel library that would inspire children to be creative thinkers and creators of ideas and information. “Sure enough, he loved the idea and graciously accepted the offer to come paint at Sandel,” said Nelson. “We have been capturing time lapse footage of Tripp painting the mural. During the unveiling, students will be encouraged to add their own artwork to certain areas of the painting.”


Tripp is donating his time and talent as a way to give back to the community and to the Richland One school district in which he grew up.

Watch Below to See Tripp Start the Mural

Live During our Morning News!!!

Digital Literacy Lessons

Don't forget that Mr. Nelson is always psyched to talk about digital literacy with your students.


A small smattering of available lessons:

Research Skills digital scavenger hunt.

How to access eBooks.

Super 3 - Research model for primary students.

Big 6 - Research model for upper elementary.

How to evaluate research sources.

How to use SCDISCUS

How to use Animal Kingdom

How to use Biography in Context

How to use Encyclopedia Britannica

How to use Culturegrams

How to use Novelilst K-8

How to use Study SC

etc., etc., etc.......

Have you heard about a cool app but aren't sure how to use it?

No problem!


Mr. Nelson is always happy to provide a quick and simple tech tutorial to individuals or grade level teams alike.

Morning News Announcements

Do you have any announcements that you would like to share with the whole school? If so we would love to include them in the Sandel Morning News show!


Just remember that the morning news show is taped the morning before it airs so announcements must be submitted 24 hours prior to its announcement in order to make it on the following days news. For example news items for Friday morning must be submitted by Thursday morning.


We look forward to your submissions. Thanks!

Contact Me!

Born in Kentucky and raised in South Carolina, Mr. Nelson is a former graduate of Irmo High School and an honorary graduate of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He earned his B.A. in Sociology and his Masters of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina.